Microsoft Office suite is very useful for our daily work, but it is very expensive. If you want to pay for it, you can get its alternatives like OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice. Now you have another choice – Microsoft Office Starter 2010.
Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is a cut-down version of the package. Microsoft PowerPoint, OneNote, or Outlook is not available in the Office Starter. It is composed of Microsoft Word Starter 2010 and Microsoft Excel Starter 2010 only, reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel with advertising.
The Word Starter and Excel Starter are different than full Word and Excel. They only include features for basic authoring and editing, but lack more powerful features like the ability to track comments and changes in your documents; password protect your documents; create tables of contents, footnotes, citations or bibliographies; perform advanced data analysis such as with pivot tables; and the ability to customize the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar.
What’s more, Office Starter also displays ads next to your documents. These are small and unobtrusive, no web-like animations to distract you, but they still take up valuable screen real estate that now isn’t available to your documents. What’s similar to other editions of Office 2010 is that Office Starter is compatible with older versions of Office. If you are not satisfied with it, you can upgrade from Office Starter at any time to a full version of Office 2010.
Office Starter is not trial software and you can continue to use it as long as you need. Please note Office Starter 2010 is not available for existing PCs at any time after manufacture. It is only preloaded on new PCs at the point of manufacture.