INCREASINGLY ANXIOUS legacy software producer Microsoft has finally confirmed that Microsoft Office 2007 punters will get a free upgrade, long after news of the deal leaked over a month ago.
We first reported in early February that the Vole pulled down a blog post detailing a promotional offer for a free upgrade to Office 2010 if punters buy Office 2007 in a limited timeframe. The post was made by Charles Van Heusen on his 'In the Know' blog at Microsoft's US Partner Community website. The offer is to run for customers who buy Office 2007 from an authorised vendor between March 5 and September 30, 2010.
It's a month later and Microsoft has confessed that it will be offering this deal via its Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee.
It said, "The Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee ("Tech Guarantee") is a program designed to allow customers who purchase and activate a qualifying Office 2007 product (with or without a new PC) between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010 to be eligible to download a corresponding Office 2010 product when it is available at no additional cost."
The Vole's statement is followed by a huge list of caveats, er, helpful information that you can check to see if you qualify for the deal. You can order the free upgrade as a download, which we would recommend because that genuinely is at no additional cost. If you opt for discs instead then shipping fees will apply.
Microsoft Office 2010 is due out for release in June and will cost £429.99 for Professional, £239.99 for Home and Business and £109.99 for Home and Students. Or you could just download Openoffice.org for free. µ
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