The devil’s in the details, they say. Microsoft made headlines when it announced that Office 2007 customers were eligible for a free upgrade to Office 2010. But there’s a catch. The 64-bit versions of the forthcoming Office suite won’t support many of the add-ins for the existing 32-bit versions.
Datamation has the story about Microsoft’s warning to users planning to upgrade to 64-bit version of Office 2010.
It seems like it’s always the fine print that gets you.
Microsoft announced a deal on Friday that lets customers who buy Office 2007 between now and Sept. 30 to receive a copy of Office 2010 without any extra charge when it becomes available this spring.
However, a little-noticed item in an FAQ for what Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) terms its “tech guarantee” for Office 2010 provides a cautionary note that many users and IT staff will want to be familiar with.
Specifically, if a user installs one of the 64-bit editions of the next Office version, many existing 32-bit Office add-ins will no longer work, according to the FAQ.