Microsoft has been offering the full version of Office 2010 for a few months, but users who downloaded and installed the beta software have been coasting along with free access for much longer. Now it looks like Microsoft is pulling the plug on the beta office suite. The software will expire on October 31st. Scary, huh?

OK, not really. The scary part is the fact that a fully licensed copy of Office 2010 Professional will set you back $499, although you can also pick up Office Home and business for $279 or Home and Student for $149. The Office 2010 Home and Student edition comes with Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint, but you’ll need to spend more money if you want Outlook, Access or Publisher.

Or you can use the stripped down Office Starter Edition, free Office Web Apps, or an alternative such as OpenOffice.org, Abiword, Google Docs, or Zoho.

via CNET

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign

or...

Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

One reply on “Microsoft Office 2010 beta expires on Halloween”

Comments are closed.