Should I buy Office 2010 now or wait for 2012?

Joseph Videtto December 2, 2012
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I have a dual boot system with Windows 7 (on ssd) and XP (on traditional hard drive), but only XP has a legal copy of Windows. Which means I can’t my current version of Office is there some way to get it to run under Windows 7 too.

I really use Office frequently, and it’s a real tease having a Windows 7 on SSD but having to log into my slow XP to use Office.

  1. luis donis
    December 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    better to wait for almost leaves the 2013 version so that this excellent

  2. Sashi Peiris
    December 8, 2012 at 12:19 am

    You should wait. Use a free alternative like LibreOffice or OpenOffice. These programs are compatible with Office

  3. Usman Mubashir
    December 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    you can crack office 2010 to run on windows 7, but if you want the best, wait and buy office 2013

  4. Adriel Tan
    December 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I would say go for 2013, but as you can buy 2010 and get 2013 in a few months for free, I will say buy 2010.

  5. Nicki Vigil
    December 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    wait for 201w2 but im the meantime download the trial version of the current version...use it for 90 days then find the download extender on the web and reset it and use it for another 90

  6. salim benhouhou
    December 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    why you use office try or

  7. Anonymous
    December 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I would not spend the money on Office. I would look to the openoffice suite. It is compatible with MS Office document formats and in many ways is easier to use. And the price is right. It costs nothing.

  8. aniket singh
    December 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    That generally only happens if you buy within a month or two of release.

    If you want to wait, you can use the free versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote

  9. rohit pandey
    December 3, 2012 at 3:58 am

    actually you can buy it but if it is not urgent you can wait for somne time for office 13 .
    because it is coming in a market with a major update and feature against office 10.
    till that time you can use other free stuffs like an office.
    enjoy the day!

  10. Benjamin Trotter
    December 3, 2012 at 2:04 am

    MS Office 2013 is only compatible on Win 7 and 8 O/S.

    Microsoft loves to limit the registration keys for their current software. Techinically, as long as you are only running one copy of your license, then it is ok. Here is a MS article on Office installations on dual boots.

    Try Open Office if all else.

    • Joe Videtto
      December 4, 2012 at 2:55 am

      That's a good suggestion. I tried Open Office, but since I often like to format my docs (excel or word) to fit nicely on a page, I found it much easier to do so with MS office. I also love to play with the formatting and layout of my text. I'm not sure if that's my lack of experience with Open Office, or if the MS tools are really better equipped for that purpose.

  11. Alan Wade
    December 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    If you can afford to 'buy' Office then you must be able to buy a copy of Windows 8 upgrade at a fraction of the cost of Office. I wouldnt wait for Office 2012 if I was you, its not going to come!

  12. susendeep dutta
    December 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Office 2013 is scheduled to be available on February 2013(Q1 2013). So,it's upto you to wait for upto that time or to go ahead and buy Office 2010 and then get a free upgrade to 2013.

    • Joe Videtto
      December 4, 2012 at 2:53 am

      would the upgrade be free for sure ? I think I can wait until Feb 2013 - it's only 3 months away.

  13. ha14
    December 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Office 2013 is designed to integrate with the cloud—with SkyDrive and SharePoint, in particular.
    The new Word 2013 can open PDF files, edit them there, and then save them as either DocX files or PDFs.

    it depends how you use office, if you are heavy in collaboration then office 2013 is the candidate for you.

    • Joe Videtto
      December 4, 2012 at 2:52 am

      I didn't know about the Word 2013 open and editing pdf files - that's really useful for me, because I often scan in docs (to pdf) that I want to later edit, and I can never seem to manage that easily : )

  14. Anonymous
    December 2, 2012 at 6:01 am

    On MS word, 2007 version is same with 2010 version. but on MS publisher, their have a big different.

    i use office 2010, its actually good.. n i dont see a much different between 2010 n 2013.

  15. Shankar C
    December 2, 2012 at 3:03 am

    wait for 2013

  16. Rajaa Chowdhury
    December 2, 2012 at 2:11 am


    Microsoft is currently current very special price giving aways Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer and it allows the upgrade path for legal XP users too and as it seems your machine is capable of running Windows 7, in all probability it should also be able to run Windows 8 too. I would ideally suggest to grab this special offer to upgrade to Windows 8. However, still just to be safe, download the free Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant and run it to see if your computer is Windows 8 capable or not from .

    Also I would not suggest you to currently purchase Office 2010 as MS Office 2013 is expected early next year. In the meanwhile you can install the Office 2013 Consumer Preview to get the feel, it is a full running copy from You can read more details of Office 2013 from .

    • Douglas Mutay
      December 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

      I totally agree with you.

  17. Jan Fritsch
    December 2, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I'm not sure what the topic has to do with your question.

    Assuming you have a valid licence for Office there should be no problem installing it under Windows 7.

    As for the topic:
    Since Office 2013 is around the corner Office 2010 is usually sold with the technology guarantee that gives you a free upgrade once the new one has hit the market. Just check your local offerings..

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