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If It Looks Too Good To Be True...
I couldn't help but notice an ad from OfficeMax offering Microsoft Office 2010 for $99.99. Two things to beware of with that offer:
1. It's the Home and Student Edition. That means it has Word, OneNote, Excel and PowerPoint but NO Outlook. It also means it's not licensed for use in any "for-profit" venture. So you're not supposed to use it for business.
2. It's a Product Key Card license. That's functionally the same as an OEM license. That means it'll be locked to the machines you install it on and can't be moved later.
So is this a good offer? Depends. If you're just looking to get Microsoft Office 2010 for your Aunt and her kids to use around the house on fairly new machines they aren't likely to upgrade anytime soon? Yes, it probably is. If you're looking to upgrade Microsoft Office on your work computers, no.
Pays to read the fine print.