I can't believe MS offers this for free, but here it is. I just upgraded to a new computer and this is what I needed. If you just need something to do some simple processing then this is what you need. Especially that this is a product from MS and can create compatible files guaranteed. Many of the features that many people use are here, but there are some advanced features not in it. But many people won't notice it. If you are a college student or home user then this is all you need.
The only let-down is that a PowerPoint Starter is not included.
First off, I had issues installing this stating that the files were not found to install and the error lead to the fact that it needed an OEM preload in order to install this. I was first very unhappy thinking MS was just giving this to OEM owners (which in some respect prior was correct)but now, it's completely free.
After trying other installs, etc... I uninstalled Office 2007, this now installed so I'm not sure what the issue is there but regardless, it worked.
All that aside, it may be scaled down, have ads but at least it gives people(especially college students who struggle to get word 2010)a chance to use it without restriction in that regard so I have to say, this is a good thing.
Open Office is of course a great alternative, however, many colleges won't accept you using it in class or otherwise since they stick to standards. Again, that's why this is a GOOD thing.
The setup is very quick and painless and so far, the ads are very non-intrusive and don't hinder any work whatsoever. I have to be honest and give this a 5 star. Don't forget, you also get Excel, Picture Manager and others with this so yeah, it's not extremely hindered.
I think it was a good gesture from MS to offer this free, Love it!
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