Microsoft Office Starter 2010 gives home users who are buying preloaded PCs
the ability to perform the most common and basic productivity tasks right out
of the box. Office Starter consists of Microsoft Word Starter 2010 and Microsoft
Excel Starter 2010 only, reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and
Excel with advertising. Office Starter is available only as preloaded software
on select new PCs with the option of upgrading to the full Office suites at any time.
Office Starter is not trial software — you can continue to use it as long as you need.
When you’re ready to move up to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Outlook 2010,
and the rich functionality in a full Office version, upgrading is just a few clicks away.
What is Office Starter?
Office Starter consists of Word Starter and Excel Starter only, reduced
functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel with advertising. It
does not contain Microsoft PowerPoint, OneNote, or Outlook.
How do I get Office Starter?
Office Starter is only available as preloaded software on select new PCs.
Is Office Starter a trial?
Office Starter is not trial software — you can continue to use it as long
as you need. When you’re ready to move up to PowerPoint, Outlook and the
many rich functionalities in a full Office version, upgrading is just a
few clicks away.
Are Word Starter and Excel Starter different than full Word and Excel?
Yes, Word Starter and Excel Starter are reduced functionality versions of the full
versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Word Starter and Excel Starter include
features for basic authoring and editing, but lack more powerful features like the
ability to track comments and changes in your documents; password protect your
documents; create tables of contents, footnotes, citations or bibliographies; perform
advanced data analysis such as with pivot tables; and the ability to customize the
Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar.
Is Office Starter compatible with other Office suites?
Yes, Office Starter has the same file support as full Office 2010. You will be able
to easily send documents back and forth from Office Starter to other people using the
full versions of Word and Excel and vice versa. Starter provides full fidelity viewing,
so people who are using Office Starter will still be able to see features that are not
included in Office Starter.
Is Office Starter compatible with older versions of Office?
Yes, similar to other editions of Office 2010, Office Starter is compatible
with older versions of Office.
Is Office Starter compatible with Works?
Yes, Office Starter will open Works word processing and spreadsheet files.
Certain images in Works word processing files, such as watermarks, may be reduced
in quality when opened in Office Starter. In addition, certain formulas in Works
spreadsheet files will not transfer.
an I upgrade from Office Starter to a full version of Office?
Yes, you can easily and conveniently upgrade from Office Starter at any time to a
full version of Office 2010 that fits your life. You’ll have options for the full
spectrum of Office tools and capabilities at your fingertips: PowerPoint 2010 to
create attention-getting presentations; Outlook 2010 for smart email and scheduling
tools; OneNote 2010 to organize projects, notes and information in one easy-to-find
spot; and other programs to help you stay connected, creative and productive.