So, you have the a trial copy of Microsoft Office 2010, with Word, Excel, and all the other goodies and your 60 day free trial is about to expire and you just don’t feel like you have had enough time to really get into the programs. What are you going to do? You aren’t ready to buy yet, but you sure would like to use Office 2010 for a little longer.
Your solution is the Microsoft Office 2010 Trial Extender which allows you to use your copy of the Office trial for up to 180 days. The software that is included in the free trial version of Office 2010 is Word 2010, Excel 2010, Powerpoint 2010 and OneNote 2010. You can also get a trial version of Access and Publisher if you download the Office Professional 2010 version, but I don’t think that you can use the Office Trial extender on that version. There is only one version the extender will work on and it is version RTM Microsoft Office (RTM: 14.0.4760.1000) so make sure you download the correct product if you are expecting the trial extender to work.
How to Use Microsoft Office 2010 Trial Extender
It is very easy to use the trial extender for Microsoft Office 2010. All you have to do is download it, install it on your computer after you have installed the Microsoft Office Trial on your hard drive. Once it is installed, you need to wait for up to 30 days since you have started using your trial version of Microsoft Office and then use the trial extender to rearm the Microsoft Trial. Every 30 days you need to rearm your Microsoft Office Trial again and you can use this process to rearm the Microsoft Trial for up to 5 times. The extension is good for 30 days and 30 x 6 = 150 plus your original trial of 30 days for a total of 180 days.
It is slightly confusing because the Office trial is really good for 60 days to begin with, but every set of instructions I can find for the Microsoft Office 2010 Trial Extender says to rearm Office before 30 days is up, not 60. So it’s probably best to follow those instructions and be sure you will have your free trial of the Microsoft Office set of productivity tools for 180 days instead of just 60 days.
I’m sure that by after 180 days using this set of Microsoft products you will probably have a pretty good idea as to whether you want to buy it or not. My guess is that you will more than likely go ahead and purchase at least the home version of Office.