Unfortunately, there are a number of High Quality Counterfeit versions selling on the Internet today, and some would even fool professionals! While these appear to be legitimate products, they are not - often originating in China and bought cheaply then resold in the UK as genuine - they not only deprive genuine resellers, but for you, the customer, they can be a nightmare and a waste of your hard earned money, and contain viruses and other malware which can compromise your computer system. In addition, the software *will* eventually be Blocked by Microsoft, and cease working.
They will install, and often, do not require activation, as genuine products do. After activation, and as part of normal updates, (even on non activated counterfeits)your PC will download the Office Genuine Advantage Tool from Microsoft - this will result in messages on your screen, telling you that you do not have Genuine Microsoft Office
After installation, the product, if FILE - HELP is selected on Outlook, it will say OUTLOOK 2010 PART OF MICROSOFT OFFICE PROFESSIONAL PLUS 2010 or PART OF MICROSOFT OFFICE ENTERPRISE 2010, instead of the correct "Part of Office Professional 2010".
So, how can the average person tell? Below is the only method currently of identifying, before purchase, a Genuine Product - the "Certificate of Authenticity", which is on the top of every retail box.
There are pictures, to assist you in determining if your Product is a high quality counterfeit item:
GENUINE: Origin Ireland, Correct Part Number for UK, Holes on far left of CoA Label have indistinct edges and do not appear to be holes.
FAKE: "Made in USA" but Part Number is UK Version 269-14670, and "SKU" preceding the part number. Holes in CoA on far left have edges that are too cleanly cut and are clearly holes. Many Fakes also carry the Yellow "Ingram Micro" Label, however it should be noted that the Ingram Micro labels are also fake and should not be associated with Ingram Micro
FAKE: Chinese language on the DVD case insert, DVD Finish is on a stick on label, and not printed directly onto the disk surface as it should be, and print quality of instruction leaflet is poor.
As we have also ascertained, when the disc is inserted it shows a startup screen for installing Office Professional Plus, not the correct Office Professional 2010