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524 of 540 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2012
This software is the same quality software we all expect from Microsoft and I am certain you'll be pleased with it (more on that later)---but first, be very careful about what you're buying, because there is no longer an upgrade path between Office 2010 versions:

I purchased this product for my brother, who did not need Outlook. Once installed, however, I realized that the software labels itself "Not for commercial use"--meaning, it's not licensed for use in a business, and this was going to be for use in an office. This was clearly my fault: I was only looking at the included products, and not thinking about the license terms.

No matter; I figured I would simply upgrade him to "Home and Business"--only to find that Microsoft's latest upgrade strategy is...well, there isn't one. According to Microsoft, this keeps things simpler for consumers, because apparently we were having trouble understanding the difference between "upgrade" and "full" versions. So to upgrade, you just have to buy the higher-level version at full price. For this reason, I feel Microsoft should do a little more "are you sure?" work during installation (for example, "Is this software going to be used in a business environment?" would have been a great question in my case...)

So if you're purchasing this for a business, OR you think you will need Outlook, Access or Publisher eventually, strongly consider buying either the Home and Business version (adds Outlook and business licensing) or Professional version (additionally adds Access and Publisher) instead of this one.

As far as the software itself, this suite is everything most people need: Word (the word-processor), Excel (spreadsheet), PowerPoint (presentation software) and OneNote (a note-taking app optimized for laptop and tablet use), with a number of nice improvements over 2007: They replaced the big round button with a "File" tab for a more consistent (and less confusing) interface, image editing is much improved (not Photoshop, but WAY better than before), and PowerPoint transitions are much easier to control now as well. Not huge stuff, but I do think this version is worth the extra money compared to the 2007 version, and you'll find yourself becoming productive with it in a hurry--especially if you're coming from version 2007 (Version 2003 users will take longer, but it's worth it, promise!)

(***UPDATE: When I originally realized my purchasing mistake, I emailed Amazon asking them if I could return the software. After re-reading the license terms, however, I realized there would be no way they could. So, I just purchased the Home and Business version and considered it an expensive lesson. After writing this review to warn others, however, I was SHOCKED AND STUNNED to find an email in my inbox explaining that my original purchase of the Home and Student version had been cheerfully refunded.

This was nearly unbelievable to me. I clearly didn't deserve a refund, but Amazon gave me one anyway. Whatever gripe I may have with the Microsoft licensing strategy, it was more than made up for by Amazon customer service. Wow. I will never buy software anywhere else after this...)
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323 of 347 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2010
The Disc version costs $120 currently, and product key version $106.

The Disc version can be installed on three PC's instead of just one for the product key version.

The Disc version provides for easier emergency recovery/reinstall (no downloads) compared to the product key version.
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150 of 163 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
Please note that the negative comments for this product are not accurate.

This purchase DOES INCLUDE a full download of Microsoft Office 2010 as well as a single key code to use with the product. Something may have changed since the inaccurate comments were made, but the software CAN be downloaded directly from amazon.com immediately after purchase.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
I purchased a new PC which had Office 2010 Starter Edition preinstalled. I simpy entered my given product key from the card I bought through Amazon and I had the upgraded version instantly! Great bargain and service!
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78 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2011
This key version is ONLY GOOD FOR ONE (1) PC INSTALLATION, vs the disc version for $20 more which is good for THREE (3) PC installations.

Big mistake buying this key version.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2011
The install was difficult. I had the 2007 trial on my computer and once the program got to the end step it would stop. I called Microsoft and was told by the first person they could not help me. The second time I called I got help. It took them at least an hour to get it on my computer because they had to use some of their programs to remove 2007 and I could not have done that with the add/remove on the computer. Once they had finished with the set up process and everything was installed it runs great. I love it compared to 2007. Very easy to use.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
If you do not need to put MS Office on multiple computers, this is all you need. My laptop for work came with MS Office Starter, which had limited abilities and options and finally didn't work for me the way I needed it to. In the end I had to purchase the full version and this was the least expensive way to do so. It did the job and was very simple to do.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2012
This was a great price and quick and easy to download. Great buy! I would definitely recommend this to anyone
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
Run! I'm a novice, I'd admit, but I have downloaded Word Office 2007 by myself previously without a problem....This time:WHAT A NIGHTMARE! Purchased this~installation took 24hrs and only had 70% downloaded because download connection kept disconnecting. Then "Download file is Corrupt!" Amazon customer support was prompt. Gave me a direct link to Msft to download since I have a Product #. Wouldn't download although # was accepted. Re-called "Now it's Msft's problem-call them." Msft:" OF course it's Amazon's problem-they sold it and should support it!" Rather than get the run around again, MSFT solved my problem by selling me a $14.99 disk (which is what I wanted in the first place). I have purchased a lot from Amazon in the past and been happy. The software download support needs to be own the same page with Microsoft. Buy direct!
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51 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2010
**On A Clean PC** = This key works flawlessly when used to activate Office Home/Student that has been downloaded from the website ([...]) provided in the editorial review. It is written that the website can be accessed for a limitied time and I have no idea how long that is. It still exists as of this writing. To reiterate, using the online download version together with the product key offered here results in a trouble free install - On a Clean PC, (no prior install of Office). An install disk can be purchased from MS for about $15 after tax (free s/h), at the time you do the download, if you want one. I did not pre-install Office in leu of receiving the product key...I waited until it came in the mail (two days Amazon Prime), and activated it immediately after download.

(Installed on old (2005 or 2006 I think) Sony laptop VGN-SZ270P/C with 2gb ram running Vista from a clean install)
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