How to Get Microsoft Office 2010 for $10

Last Updated Jun 4, 2010 9:12 AM EDT

Much as I love being self-employed, there are advantages to working for a big company. Advantages like being able to buy Office 2010 Professional Plus for 10 bucks.

Do I have your attention? Basically, if your company has Office 2010 with Software Assurance (a program for companies that purchase volume licenses), employees can order their own copies of Office 2010 for just $9.95. Here's how:

All you need is a valid work e-mail address and a program code, which your IT admin should be able to provide. It's all part of Microsoft's Home Use Program, which is described in a bit more detail in the TechNet post, Office 2010 Available via Home Use Program.


Office 2010 Professional Plus includes not only Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, but also Access, InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher, and SharePoint Workspace. Microsoft doesn't even show a price for buying this suite by itself, but the non-Plus version (which lacks InfoPath and SharePoint) lists for $499.99.

Needless to say, if you have access to this deal at your company, you should jump on it. I should note that this deal is for the downloadable version of Office, not a boxed copy, but that's actually a good thing: you'll get it faster.

Bonus deal: Speaking of dirt-cheap software, SAP is offering its Crystal Presentation Design software (which "transforms spreadsheets into captivating presentations") absolutely free for a limited time. It normally costs $195.

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