To help make sure that customers are getting the most for their money in regards to upgrades from Office 2007, Microsoft is offering the Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee Program. This program states that individuals who purchase Office 2007 after March 5, 2010 and activate it before September 30, 2010 will receive a free upgrade to the equivalent version of Office 2010. This guarantee allows users who don't currently have a copy of Microsoft Office to purchase Office 2007 without having to worry about it becoming obsolete when Office 2010 is released. The free upgrades will be available as a download only; though DVD upgrades will be available as part of the program, there will be an additional cost to cover handling and shipping charges.
The free upgrades offered by the Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee Program are designed to allow users to upgrade from any edition of Office 2007 to the equivalent edition of Office 2010 only. Office Home and Student 2007 purchasers will receive a copy of Office Home and Student 2010, and those who purchase Office Basic 2007 or Office Standard 2007 will receive a copy of Office Home and Business 2010. Office Small Business 2007, Professional 2007, and Ultimate 2007 purchaser will receive a copy of Office Professional 2010. Academic purchasers will receive Office Professional Academic 2010, while Project Standard and Project Professional 2007 purchasers will receive Project Standard and Project Professional 2010 respectively. Purchasers of individual Office 2007 components such as Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft OneNote 2007 will receive the 2010 versions of their products only.