It has “started to phase out the Starter edition of its Office 2010 suite, and already notified partners on the matter. “
Many of us, who bought a branded PC or a laptop in the last two years, may recall that they were shipped with a stripped down & ad-supported version of Office 2010 – known as the Starter Edition. Softpedia now reports that they are already being phased out.
The reason behind this may be because the company did not succeed in “its attempt to determine users to grab a more complete flavor of Office 2010 once they gave the Starter edition a try.” A company’s spokesperson reported, “We will begin to phase out the shipment of PCs with Office Starter 2010. After Windows 8 becomes available, most new PCs shipped will not have Office Starter. People who use Office Starter 2010 today will continue to be able to use the product for the life of their PC,” the Microsoft representative also stated. “For Windows7/Office Starter 2010 users who want to upgrade their PC to Windows 8 and continue using Office Starter 2010, they will have to install an update to Microsoft Office 2010 which is available today.”
It seems Microsoft is making the way for its upcoming new version of its Office Web Apps, part of the Office 2013 release. “It should hit beta sometime in summer, and is expected to become commercially available in the coming months, in conjunction with the launch of Windows 8.” notes Softpedia.