If you’re considering an Office 2010 upgrade, be sure you learn the lesson of Windows 7. Microsoft offers its best prices to early adopters. Those who wait pay more.
Here’s a recap of what you could have taken advantage of last summer, after Windows 7 was released to manufacturing but before it was available for retail sales. Microsoft offered “screaming deals”
on upgrades (”a special, time-limited offer”)—a mere $50 for Windows 7 Home Premium and $100 for Windows 7 Professional. There was also a three-license Family Pack of Home Premium for $149 that sold out
about six weeks after the retail launch date, and a special $30 upgrade offer for college students ended around the beginning of the year.
None of those deals have been repeated. Those who waited paid more. The current prices for retail upgrade versions of Windows 7 Home Premium
and Professional at Newegg.com are $110 and $176, respectively.
So what’s the best price you can get now on Office 2010? The biggest wrinkle, as I noted in my Prices, packaging, dates, and other details
post, is that Microsoft has dropped upgrade prices completely. One price fits all in the Office 2010 era. So the challenge now is to seek out the best current price and then decide whether you’ll be able to do better.