In the Spring, maybe earlier, Microsoft had a deal offering college students an opportunity to purchase Office Ultimate 2007 for only $59.95. That deal was extended until May, but has since expired… or so I thought.
College students can once again purchase the entire Office Ultimate 2007 suite for only $59.95. That is less than half of the price of Office Home and Student 2007, and less than 10% of the full retail price! This suite includes almost every available Office 2007 application: Access, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Publisher, OneNote, Groove, InfoPath, Outlook, and Accounting Express. Go to the Microsoft Office Discount for Students – The Ultimate Steal website for the details. If you purchase and download the software, I recommend that you spend the extra few dollars ($12, I think) to also get the distribution media (DVD, I assume).
According to the Terms and Conditions page:
This offer commences at 12:00PM Pacific Daylight Savings Time on July 1, 2008 and all purchases must be made via the Promotion web site by 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time on December 31, 2010 at which time the offer ends.
So, the deal has been in effect for about a month and a half as of this writing. There will be a couple of additional steals (a Vista Ultimate upgrade and Visio Professional 2007) on September 8.
I did an informal poll in my Financial Modeling classes the other day and found that only about half of my students currently own Office 2007. I urge every college student to take this deal. Heck, I’d buy a couple of copies if they would open it up to faculty. The only caveat is that students should check with their school first. Some universities already offer many Microsoft products for free (or at a very low price) to their students and/or faculty.
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