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Old 11-24-10, 06:05 AM   #1
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Default Microsoft Office 2010: direct download vs. retail DVD

I recently discovered that you can download Office 2010 directly from Microsoft. My question is are there and disadvantages of this over buying the retail DVD?
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Old 11-26-10, 06:16 AM   #2
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Old 11-26-10, 11:30 AM   #3
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No. I get the actual DVD because my internet is slow. Most people have fast internet so they just download it in seconds.
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Old 11-26-10, 11:42 AM   #4
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More disadvantages than advantages if I remember correctly. You get no DVD so you will have to burn the exe on one yourself or back it up somehow. You only get a very limited timeframe to download it. If you want to download it again later you will have to pay an extra fee.
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Old 11-26-10, 11:53 AM   #5
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^ Depends where you buy it from. I had the option to download whenever I wanted to, for no fee. I still have the option even though I have the DVD. Also, Mine downloads in a .exe.
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Old 11-26-10, 12:31 PM   #6
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I honestly don't know what you guys are talking about.

If it's for myself I just dl it via technet. If it's for a customer that has a key but no disc, then I just DL the trial version for whatever key they have, enter the key are you're good to go.
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Old 11-26-10, 01:03 PM   #7
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I honestly don't know what you guys are talking about.

If it's for myself I just dl it via technet. If it's for a customer that has a key but no disc, then I just DL the trial version for whatever key they have, enter the key are you're good to go.
Wut are ya, stoopid?

Kidding.

If members NON-technet, etc. and you buy from Microsoft or a satellite website you have the option to DL or to order the physical disk. He's just wondering the differences between the DL copy and the physical hard copy.
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Old 11-26-10, 01:11 PM   #8
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Wut are ya, stoopid?

Kidding.

If members NON-technet, etc. and you buy from Microsoft or a satellite website you have the option to DL or to order the physical disk. He's just wondering the differences between the DL copy and the physical hard copy.
Gotcha'.

Well, why not DL the trial of whatever version you have, then just enter your key? Tha's unlimited number of DL's, no missing features.
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Old 11-26-10, 07:29 PM   #9
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Yes sadly not everyone has a technet account Good point about not all places giving you a limited timeframe to download. I guess it's more like there's no real advantage then unless they happen to be selling the digital version for cheaper. The keys are the same. Years ago I got office 2007 through digital river and they only offered the download for 30 days, but I'd imagine the trial .exe is all around the internet anyways and that unlocks with a key. I backed it up for safe keeping and convenience anyway.
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