The UltimateSteal Is Back

Saturday, August 23, 2008

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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Do faculty members get free tuition? Maybe you could enroll in a course, then you’d be eligible to buy the software. You might even enjoy the course!

Posted by Debra Dalgleish on 08/23 at 08:26 AM | #

Don’t forget, a FREE office suite produced by Sun.  It’s fully featured and just as powerful as MS Office.  It’s also got tons of plugins and add-ons available, again for FREE.

Posted by thekingofcheap on 08/23 at 08:47 AM | #

Debra, that is a great question. I’m not sure, but I do know that at many universities faculty can take classes for free or at a discount. Fortunately for me, Metro State offers Office 2007 for free to faculty, so I don’t need to sign up for a class.

On the other hand, I guarantee that I could use some education. I really need to take a database class.

BTW, aren’t you in Canada? This deal is good for Canadian students as well, though the price is a couple of dollars higher (not much though given the US dollar’s weakness over the past several years).

Posted by Tim on 08/23 at 11:52 AM | #

thekingofcheap is correct that OpenOffice is free, and it is pretty good if you don’t need the power tools that Office offers. It is worth a look. I hope that you have noticed that I have a link in my blog roll to the Ninja.

However, at this time I wouldn’t recommend it to any undergraduate business or MBA student. That is even more true for MS-Finance students. They will be using tools such as the Solver, VBA, and so on in classes and in the business world.

I’m all for free software, as long as you can live with the limitations.

BTW, no more OpenOffice comments for this post. I’ve seen too many blogs get blitzed by OpenOffice fans and that won’t happen here.

Posted by Tim on 08/23 at 12:00 PM | #

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