The news from Redmond Giant is that they will be launching an ad supported version of its famous office Suite to replace its microsoft Works. The microsoft office 2010 starter edition will be a free software but will run Advertisements just like any website. Till now there are quite a number of small web based softwares like yahoo messenger and others using this model, but Microsoft's foray in to this model will be a significant move.
Considering that using Microsoft Office doesn't need an active internet connection, the success of this model for a standalone desktop application will be debatable, but again Microsoft can get some new customers. Also the Starter Edition is expected to have a stripped down version of Word and Excel, satisfying the needs of most basic Home users. If you are looking for advanced features, you can an upgrade card and unlock other features of the Office 2010.
The new Office 2010 is expected to be launched during the Holiday season.