Microsoft offers no upgrade versions to Office 2010

Upgrade prices were mysteriously absent from Microsoft’s Office 2010 pricing information, which they revealed last week. Microsoft has said “we are not offering upgrade pricing for Office 2010. Based on partner and customer feedback we’ve made many changes to the Office 2010 line-up designed to simplify the product line-up and pricing in the retail space. Removing version upgrades was one of those decisions. This reduces the number of products that our retail partners need to manage and also reduces customer confusion about which version of Office they should purchase.” This seems like a straightforward answer: take the upgrade option away, and customers can only pick a full retail copy. Of course, this does mean customers have to pay more to upgrade to the new version of Office.

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