DISCLAIMER: Microsoft Office 2010 Starter edition is only available for OEMs to put in new Windows PCs. We don't recommend to download and install it in any other computer system. If you like Office 2010, you should purchase it.
We all know that Microsoft Office is one of the most used software for Windows OS. But the sad thing is that its not free, you have to purchase it to be able to use it.
We have shared a few free alternatives to Microsoft Office which can be downloaded from following topic:
But did you know there is a special edition of Microsoft Office 2010 which is absolutely free? Surprised? Actually, its true. Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition is a stripped-down version of Office 2010 which comes with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel applications. This special edition is ad-supported. A small rectangle ad is shown at the bottom-right corner of the task pane in running program.
This Starter edition comes with some reduced functionality as well like you can't customize Quick Access Toolbar, etc.
Although this Starter edition is free from Microsoft but its not available for download from Microsoft. Starter edition is only available for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and comes pre-installed in new Windows PCs only.
Now the good news is that Microsoft stores the setup files of Microsoft Office Starter 2010 on their servers and you can directly download it using that direct download link. Simply copy following link, paste it in your browser addressbar and press Enter. It'll start downloading the setup file:
PS: You can replace the locale string en-us in the above URL with your own locale string like fr-fr for French, de-de for German, es-es for Spanish and so on to download your localized version.
Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition can only be installed in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows XP or Windows 8 are not supported.
Starter edition doesn't require product key, so you will not need to enter any product key at the time of installation.
The best part of Starter edition is that it also allows you to create a portable version of it which can be carried on USB drive to use in other computer systems. Just launch "Office Starter To-Go Device Manager" from "All Programs -> Microsoft Office Starter" menu. It'll take approx. 400 MB of your USB drive.