Starter Edition: Office 2010 Starter Edition is comprised of only two products, the Starter Edition versions of Word and Excel. Starter Edition is only available as pre-installed software on purchased computers, and is intended to replace Microsoft Works to provide basic word processing and spreadsheet functionality. Users of Starter Edition versions of the programs will not have access to the advanced features contained in the full retail versions.
Home and Student Edition: Office 2010 Home and Student Edition contains full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. It is designed to provide word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and organizational functionality to home users and students. Office 2010 Home and Student Edition has a suggested retail price of $149, with individual product keys being available from Microsoft for $119.
Home and Business Edition: Office 2010 Home and Business Edition contains the same products that are available with the Home and Student Edition, adding Outlook to the package for email access and organization. Office 2010 Home and Business Edition has a suggested retail price of $279, with individual product keys being available for $199.
Professional Edition: Office 2010 Professional Edition contains the same products as the Home and Business Edition, adding Microsoft Publisher (for desktop publishing) and Microsoft Access (for database management) to the software package as well. The Office 2010 Professional Edition has a suggested retail price of $499, with individual product keys being available for $349. A $99 "Professional Academic" version of the package will be available as well, but will only be available through authorized academic resellers.