Office 2010 pricing and editions announced

On the Office 2010 Engineering blog this morning, Microsoft revealed how it intends to price the various editions of its next office productivity suite. Office 2010 will ship in four flavors, with price tags ranging from $119 for a key card purchase of the Home and Student edition to $499 for a full, retail-boxed copy of Office 2010 Professional.

Here's how it all breaks down:

Edition Contents Boxed price Key card price
Home and Student Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote $149 $119
Home and Business Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook $279 $199
Professional Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access $499 $349
Professional Academic Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access $99 N/A

The prices in the rightmost column apply to those Office Product Key Cards we told you about last October. Key cards will be available in retail stores, and they'll include license keys to unlock trials of the three non-academic Office 2010 editions. In this latest blog post, Microsoft says boxed copies of the Home and Business, Professional, and Professional Academic editions will be usable on two PCs, but key cards will only be valid "for a single installation of the product."

Folks eager to try Office 2010 right now can of course sign up for the public beta, which kicked off in November. Microsoft says the beta is "generating record interest and use" with more than two million downloads already. The company also boasts, "9 out of 10 beta users feel that the Office 2010 beta is an improvement over their current productivity suite."

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