why are there so many versions of microsoft office

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by fullfloridiancj, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. fullfloridiancj macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2010
    what the hell is the difference between Microsoft office professional academic 2010

    and microsoft professional plus 2010

    the 1st one seems to be 30 more expensive

    what would you recommend?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    "Academic" probably refers to the price. Pro Plus, IIRC, is the volume license version of Office Professional.
  3. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    There are three versions here:

    Microsoft Office Professional
    Microsoft Office Professional Academic
    Microsoft Office Professional Plus

    The first two are the same, but the Academic version is much cheaper and only available to some students and staff members of educational institutions. The licence also restricts its use to non-commercial purposes.

    Microsoft Office Professional Plus adds Microsoft InfoPath, Lync and Sharepoint Workspace on top of the Microsoft Office Professional edition.

    Wikipedia has a table showing the differences:


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