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Buying Microsoft Office

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Microsoft Office 2010 Home and StudentMy book 'Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser' looks at both Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Office 2007, and clearly highlights the few differences between them.

If you already have Microsoft Office 2007, there's no need to upgrade. If you have older versions of Office, or don't have any version of Office yet, I recommend the Home and Student edition of Office 2010. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, all of which are covered in-depth in the book. This edition of Office is the cheapest available, and enables you to complete all the projects in the book. It comes in a three-user licence, which means you can legally install it onto three separate PCs.

The main omission from this edition of Office is Outlook, which is the business email software. The next edition up (Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Business) does include Outlook but can cost £100 more, which is a lot to pay for an email package, although that email package is robust enough for business use.

The book shows how you can download, install and use Microsoft's free Windows Live Mail to share messages, photos and Office documents with your friends.

You can usually buy Microsoft Office in stores such as PC World, but I buy most of my software from It tends to be cheaper, the customer service is excellent, and you don't have to go around shops looking for the product you want.

Find out more about my book Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser.