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Pros

Affordable, many functions, and several products in this one software suite.

Cons

Outlook is buggy but I never use Outlook anyway. I prefer web-based email.

Verdict

It's a great product for a great price, especially if you have multiple students or computers in the home.

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Microsoft Office (Home & Student 2010 Edition) from Microsoft
Microsoft Office Home And Student 2010
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Is Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010 Worth it for Families with Multiple Students?

Living in a household with four school-aged children means that not only do we have four sets of homework, but with the new technology age, we also need to have four computers for them to do work on.  Since my children homeschool and both parents work from home, we need several computers, all with working operating systems and programs that we need for work. But when we bought new computers, we came across some challenges.

One of my biggest issues is the software packages that came with the computers.  They were not at all up to what the children need for homework completion and they are very difficult to learn.  I wanted to find a software suite that would allow the kids to do their homework without me having to spend hours teaching them how to use it.  Since we have PCs, I thought I would check out Microsoft Office 2010 but then stumbled upon Microsoft Office Home & Student and thought I would give it a look. 

The computers came with a free version of Office but there were some features that were locked so I wanted to see how much this program would cost, first and foremost.  At just $125, the price seems very reasonable but is it worth upgrading the free version to the paid version?  Most other word processing software is a similar price so I decided to dig deeper and see what I could come up with.

Product Features

  • Documents Can Be Accessed Through PCs, Mobile Phones and Smart Pads
  • Full Customization of Software
  • Allows Others Instant Access to Documents for Editing or Sharing
  • Easy to Use

These four features were the most important aspects of the software I would eventually choose for my kids new computers.  There is so much flexibility with this program and it is easy to use which means I do not have to spend a great deal of time showing my children how to use this software.  Microsoft is also a trusted company, which really makes me feel comfortable about the software.

Why You Need It

Not only is Microsoft Office Home & Student easy to use, but it also brings a lot more to the table.  You can now edit photos directly in Word and you can edit videos from PowerPoint without needing any editing software.  It is also possible to apply special formatting to any document with a just mouse click or two.  You can also generate screenshots and put them directly into a document without ever having to open photo editing software to save it in first.  Finally, this software is licensed to three computers which means I do not have to buy a separate license for each computer. I bought 2 copies and shared it between the different computers that we use.

What Can Be Improved Upon

There are some issues with installing this software if you already have a previous version of Microsoft Office installed on your computer.  This version does not come with Outlook, Access or Publisher and will remove these programs without prompting the user that it is doing so.   This means that all of your contacts and other documents saved within these programs will be lost so you may want to back up your files before installing the software.  There is a trial version of Outlook that will take over as your email provider but unless you pay for the full version, you cannot access your emails.  This is a huge issue and hopefully Microsoft is working on repairing this issue.

What People Are Saying

Realnaynay states that, Everything works nice, until you send an email and then Outlook takes over your email, I thought it wasn't going to be a problem, then I went to send an email and got a box that popped up and told me that the trial period had ended and that I would have to purchase a $200.00 or more program to get all my business and personal emails back that Outlook automatically downloaded without me selecting that as an option.
Surgery100 says, I've had an opportunity to use Office 2010 Beta edition for a couple of months now and now that I see the full, final, edition I can say that this is a very worthwhile upgrade. First things first, I am not a techie. I am someone who uses Word, Excel and PowerPoint on a very regular basis, who really liked some of the changes in Office 2007 but who thought some things needed tweaking, so when given the opportunity for the beta edition I jumped on it and have not been disappointed.

Conclusion

While this software seems to have some issues with Outlook, my kids do not use it anyway so that is not a huge problem for me.  I do like the added features that are built in such as being able to work on the document between users for those times when there is a group project.  The price is very reasonable, particularly when you figure in that you are not just licensed for one computer but for three.  I have two copies now to allow for all of my family and we love it. 

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2012, 9:27 am
Reviewed by Lisa Mason
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