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Office Mobile 2010 Upgrade Is Free

Microsoft is looking ramp up adoption of latest version of productivity software aimed at road warriors.

Microsoft said it's now offering its Office Mobile 2010 suite as a free download from its Windows Phone Marketplace for all Windows Mobile 6.5 users who own a previous version of Office Mobile.

Office Mobile 2010 includes new mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and SharePoint Workspace.

"These new mobile versions offer a more touch-friendly layout and greater ability to work with documents on the phone—like editing PowerPoint presentations," said Microsoft senior marketing manager Augusto Valdez, in a blog post Wednesday.

Valdez said the combination of Windows Mobile 6.5 and Office Mobile 2010 offers some big integration advantages, particularly for power users and road warriors.

"With SharePoint Workspace Mobile 2010 and PowerPoint Mobile 2010 I can access, edit and save changes to a presentation, all while offline, and know the changes will update back to the server," said Valdez.

The Office Mobile 2010 introduction was part of Microsoft's broader launch of Office 2010 this week.

Office 2010 includes updated versions of traditional desktop applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Internet versions of the apps that Microsoft has labeled Office Web. Office Web apps are free for consumers and also available at no charge to Microsoft's corporate software subscribers.

Along with Office 2010, Microsoft also released the SharePoint 2010 collaboration suite.

Office 2010 offers a number of enhancements over its predecessor, Office 2007. It includes new broadcast capabilities for PowerPoint, an auto-preview function in Word, and a new feature in Excel, dubbed Sparklines, that generates trend visualization graphics.

The Office Web apps, meanwhile, offer collaboration tools that let users share documents over Internet.

The boxed version of Office 2010 Professional is $499, while the download is $349. There's also significant price discrepancies between boxed and download delivery for other versions as well. For the Home & Student version, it's $149 vs $119. For Home & Business, it's $279 vs $199.

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