Microsoft’s beta for its upcoming free office suit, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, which is set to effectively replace Microsoft Works, has started up. Testers are starting to talk a bit about what we can expect to see from Office 2010 Starter, and it’s interesting news.
According to the All About Microsoft blog, there are a fair few ways that Microsoft is going to be pushing people towards upgrading from Office 2010 Starter towards a for-pay version of the software, and some are a little more compelling than the advertising. For those not in the know, Office 2010 is free at the point of use, but ad-supported.
Aside from the need to get away from the ads though, it seems Microsoft has given users plenty of reason to want to gravitate away from Office 2010 Starter, not limited to the fact that add-ins and macros aren’t properly supported. Apparently you’ll not be able to create, edit or run macros in Starter, though if a document containing a macro is opened in Starter it’ll remain part of the file.