[ad]Dear Computer Lady,
I bought a 2011 HP.
It has the Microsoft Office Starter 2010.
Is that permanent, or will it have to be bought?
Thank you so much, Hazel
Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has made some changes to their office software offerings.
In the past, when you bought a computer, you had several choices for word processing programs.
Many computers came with Microsoft Works which is a scaled down version of Office, or you could purchase Works for just under $100. If you needed a more powerful office suite, you could purchase Microsoft Office for several hundred dollars.
The biggest problem with using Microsoft Works, is that it created files that could not be used in Office, and Works was unable to read or edit Office files.
Recently, Microsoft stopped selling Works, and at first, provided a 30 or 60 day trial of Office on new computers. With the introduction of Office 2010, they included a Starter version of Office. While the starter version does not expire, it only includes a limited version of Word and Excel.
If the Office Starter works great for you, and meets all your needs, then you are all set. If, at some point you find that you need some of the more advanced features of Office, or you need more than just Word and Excel, you will need to upgrade or purchase a full version of Microsoft Office.
If you have purchased a full version of Office, make sure you un-install all the Office Starter programs from your computer before installing the new version of Office.
It’s Your Turn: What do you think?
…. Share your experience in the comments box below.