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Microsoft gets generous with Office Ultimate 2007

When it comes to productivity suites, Microsoft's long-running Office almost always gets top billing. Sure, there are alternatives like OpenOffice and StarOffice available to consumers, but Office sets the standard.

The latest version of the software suite, Office 2007, was released to OEMs on November 30, 2006. Retail customers were able to take possession of the software on January 30, 2007.

One area where Microsoft hasn't always been competitive with Office, however, is with pricing. While OpenOffice and StarOffice (most recently) are available for free, Office 2007 can get a bit pricey when you start piling on applications.

Pricing ranges from $149 for Microsoft Office Home and Student to $679 for Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 ($539 Upgrade).

Microsoft has decided to take it a bit easy on college students with "The Ultimate Steal" promotion. Although many college universities offer steeply discounted versions of Microsoft software, this new promotion is direct from Microsoft to students.

College students with a valid university ".edu" email address, are enrolled in at 0.5 hours of coursework and can provide documentation of enrollment can purchase Office Ultimate 2007 for a mere $59.95.

Students can download the software direct from Microsoft or have a DVD shipped out for a fee.

"We’re listening to students who have told us they need Microsoft Office for their studies and want more flexible ways to get the latest version," said Microsoft General Manager of Worldwide Education Alan Yates. We’re committed to providing accessible and affordable technology to students so they can meet their academic goals. The Ultimate Steal is the latest in a long history of providing compelling academic offers for students."

"Students" who cannot provide documentation that proves they are enrolled at a "higher education" institution will be liable for the full $679 cost of the software.

Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 includes Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager, Microsoft Office Access 2007, Microsoft Office Publisher 2007, Office OneNote 2007, Office Groove 2007 and Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007.

"The Ultimate Steal" promotion is currently available in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The program will be available in France, Italy and Spain beginning September 20. The promotion will end on April 30, 2008.



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Killer Move by Microsoft
By akugami on 9/13/2007 11:25:07 AM , Rating: 5
With this type of pricing, most college students (and anyone who can get a college student to buy one for them) will opt to buy a legal copy rather than pirate one. They should do this for most of their software.




RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By acer905 on 9/13/2007 11:37:09 AM , Rating: 2
Totally.... if i didn't hate the way the new office looked i might just get it with this deal... Really though what i want is a copy of XP pro for this price... And before anyone asks why its simply because i'm not a big fan of how things were changed with Vista.


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By SocrPlyr on 9/13/2007 12:12:32 PM , Rating: 3
not quite as cheap as this but XP Pro is available in academic editions for $75 online.

Josh


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By SocrPlyr on 9/13/2007 12:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
whoops, my bad i forgot that it is an upgrade, not the full version


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By HaZaRd2K6 on 9/13/2007 6:33:55 PM , Rating: 2
I got XP Pro SP2 (full, not upgrade) from my school for no charge whatsoever. I just went down to the building, said I needed XP, they checked my student ID, and I walked out with it. That simple.

I'm just annoyed that it only applies to students who have a ".edu" e-mail address. Most Canadian schools don't use ".edu", instead opting for ".ca". I'll just wait and see if providing full documentation overrides the e-mail address.


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By energy1man on 9/13/2007 7:35:48 PM , Rating: 2
I had trouble downloading the file, kept timing out, site will only let you resume 5 times. So I emailed customer service, but got tired of waiting for a response. Found a customer service number for element5, a company of digital river, who was happy to give me the following customer service number 1-800-656-5426 to digital river. Digital River was very helpful in raising the limit on the restarts.

Also of note in this process, they have taken down the ability to order the physical media. The customer service rep said they would email again when this option would become available again. One other thing, even though they email the activation code to the .edu address, if you go to FINDMYORDER.COM it displays your activation code without having to check your email. This may or maynot be of help to anyone without a .edu address.


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By JCheng on 9/14/2007 4:06:20 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry, it specifically only applies to schools "geographically located in the United States".

http://www.microsoft.com/education/ultimatesteal.m...


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By Flunk on 9/14/2007 7:18:53 PM , Rating: 2
No, it isn't there is a button on the first page at the top right to select country. Canada is an option.


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By aeroengineer1 on 9/13/2007 12:45:58 PM , Rating: 5
I have been using it for about 6 months now, and at first I did not like it, but as I have used it, I would not go back to office 2003. It has some really nice formatting features and it it a lot more intercompatible between each microsoft product such as word to powerpoint or exel to either of the two.


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By geekgod on 9/13/2007 2:28:54 PM , Rating: 4
I totally agree with you..

I especially like the Ribbon menus


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By AnnihilatorX on 9/14/2007 1:37:26 PM , Rating: 3
The ribbon feature may turn off people at first, but it's much more efficient for formatting than old Offices once you get round to it.


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By FITCamaro on 9/13/2007 12:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
Through my work we can get Office 2007 for $20.

I might contact a buddy of mine though. Wouldn't mind having this copy for cheap either. Especially since the Home Use Editions are only good for one PC unless you hack it. And I've got 5 computers.


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By Lord Evermore on 9/13/2007 1:06:28 PM , Rating: 5
Office 2007 Home and Student is licensed for up to 3 computers.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/HA1016553...


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By milomnderbnder21 on 9/13/2007 3:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how many universities have deals with MS. For instance, I go to a rather large public school, and we have a deal of some sort with them that allows me to get Windows Office Entrepreneur for $50 (which seems to have about as much as Ultimate). Most interestingly, I can have a copy of Vista Ultimate for $20 (or a copy of Business for free).

But how many other schools get these kinds of deals?


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By MonkeyPaw on 9/13/2007 6:28:28 PM , Rating: 2
I attended the University of Missouri, and they had nicely discounted MS products. I never bought Office, but I managed to buy Win98SE for $60 (yes, that was the must-have OS at that time). I think Office 2000 was $50-ish. All you needed was a student ID and they'd sell you a copy.

My work also has software deals. I can buy Zunes for $150-175, XP for $65, Office 2007/Vista for around $160, and more. They also offer a different deal with Office, where you get 2007 for home use as long as you're an employee. I'm not sure how it knows whether you actually work at the company or not, as I don't own a copy, but it's a great deal if you think you have job security. ;)


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By Hypernova on 9/13/2007 6:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
Here in University of Auckland Computer course related students get XpPRO, Vista Business and server 2003 enterprise for free as part of MSDNAA. No office though and I really liked this deal with 2007.


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By onereddog on 9/15/2007 4:22:50 AM , Rating: 2
SAme thing goes for the Waikato Comp Sci, but I think we had office as an option along with the SQL server or something


RE: Killer Move by Microsoft
By flurazepam on 9/14/2007 11:25:21 AM , Rating: 3
I've maintained this before. The quickest way to stop piracy and to increase sales is to offer software at a reasonable cost to the consumer. It's basic economics. Why do sales work where products are heavily discounted? The same goes for music CD's and movie DVD's etc. Most people would rather have a fully supported, functional product than some hack. Moreover, it's difficult for many consumers to fathon as to why they can buy a computer at Walmart for $300 or Dell for $400, and they have to add another whopping $400-$600 plus for what they believe is a program that they can type letters with! Bottom line - price it right and they will come.


What about the military
By rdeegvainl on 9/13/2007 11:25:07 AM , Rating: 2
That kind of sucks about the .edu address. I would love to take up this offer, but I am active duty military and take the on base classes, so no .edu address for me.




RE: What about the military
By Puddyglum1 on 9/13/2007 11:53:47 AM , Rating: 2
No, you're fine. The article made a stereotype that all educational institutions institute the .edu suffix. This is from the PR:
quote:
and have a valid e-mail address from the institution


RE: What about the military
By kyp275 on 9/13/2007 11:57:07 AM , Rating: 2
actually no, in the MS promotion site it explicitly said "You must hold a valid email address at a U.S. educational institution ending in .edu"

/shrug


RE: What about the military
By MrTeal on 9/13/2007 12:09:32 PM , Rating: 2
*To be eligible for this offer, the student must possess a valid e-mail address at an educational institution set out in the following list located at www.theultimatesteal.ca/schools. Qualified students can obtain the Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 software by downloading or ordering a disk from the official Promotion web site. Product packaging as shown above is not included with this offer. For full terms and conditions visit www.theultimatesteal.ca/rules.

Maybe in the US, but other countries don't have the .edu restriction.


RE: What about the military
By Spivonious on 9/13/2007 12:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
www.ultimatesteal.com

[quote]You must hold a valid email address at a U.S. educational institution ending in .edu (for example, leina@contoso.university.edu)
AND
Be actively enrolled with at least 0.5 course load.[/quote]


RE: What about the military
By kyp275 on 9/13/2007 11:56:00 AM , Rating: 2
yup... my school doesn't provide student email accounts... oh well :p


RE: What about the military
By Anosh on 9/13/07, Rating: -1
RE: What about the military
By Puddyglum1 on 9/13/2007 12:52:07 PM , Rating: 3
RE: What about the military
By Anosh on 9/14/2007 3:06:50 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get it. Why was I voted down?

If you read the announcement:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/sep0...

you would see that:
quote:
“The Ultimate Steal” promotion will run in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States starting today and in France, Italy and Spain starting Sept. 20, 2007.


Now how was I wrong? Doesn't that exclude 3/4 of the world?


RE: What about the military
By Puddyglum1 on 9/14/2007 12:44:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And Microsoft's own prices have dropped so low it now sells a $3 package of Windows and Office to students [in China].
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_arc...

India has dramatic price discounts as well, much better than this offer. India + China = 37% of world population.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_...

There are 221 countries in the world, but since India + China + USA + EU = 49.24% of the world, Microsoft is at least giving half of the population in the world a deal on their Office Ultimate suite.


RE: What about the military
By Anosh on 9/14/2007 5:20:27 PM , Rating: 3
Well you're not entire correct. EU consists of many more countries than UK, France, Italy and Spain.

I for example cannot buy this since I'm not living in any of those countries and yet reside in EU.


RE: What about the military
By Anosh on 9/14/2007 5:22:57 PM , Rating: 2
I meant to say '..entirely correct.'


RE: What about the military
By Puddleglum on 9/15/2007 3:21:05 AM , Rating: 2
Ah, well that really stinks. That's pretty lame then.


By NoSoftwarePatents on 9/13/2007 1:02:18 PM , Rating: 2
You need to look at the Microsoft HUP-Home User Program. Microsoft has provided the HUP for the USCG and the Navy-Office 2007 Professional (fully loaded) is $20. The HUP may be available to other military branches.

There is other software too, like Microsoft Project-most of them are $20, single user software license.

The catch? If you leave the military (or more to the point, the partnering organization), you are required to deactivate the uber-cheap Office 2007 and get your own copy...


A REAL Steal
By ArenaNinja on 9/13/2007 11:40:37 AM , Rating: 2
This is a very good deal indeed. I'm gonna go all out to buy the Suite, even though I don't have Vista to run it (yet).

And here I was thinking about dropping that lone photography class....

MS has really got a formula going on for this. Greater customer base, more customers who won't be going Open Source. The truth is, OpenOffice is not bad. I use it at work for basic tasks. However, the MS Suite is much better suited for power users. At least IMHO.




RE: A REAL Steal
By Homerboy on 9/13/2007 11:43:08 AM , Rating: 4
You don't need Vista to run it. Just XP or better.


RE: A REAL Steal
By HrilL on 9/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: A REAL Steal
By headbox on 9/13/2007 11:59:41 AM , Rating: 5
And yet this MS price is cheaper than a textbook.


RE: A REAL Steal
By HrilL on 9/13/2007 12:04:13 PM , Rating: 3
Good point. My math book was $150 =( I spent more on books then tuition at my city college. But I only need to use a word possessor like one or two times a month and I don't think that warrants the extra money down. Open office works great.


RE: A REAL Steal
By crimson117 on 9/13/2007 1:32:48 PM , Rating: 5
OpenOffice is a better deal, but sticking with the textbook comparison, most textbooks last you only one semester, compared to Office 2007 which should last for several years.


RE: A REAL Steal
By kmmatney on 9/17/2007 6:33:15 PM , Rating: 2
Your right about it lasting several years. I'm still using Office 2000 at home and it still does everyhting I need. If I was still a student I'd jump on this. I'm guessing you can still use it after you graduate? When I was in college I still had windows 3.11 (although Win95 had just come out).


RE: A REAL Steal
By Staples on 9/13/2007 12:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
Great deal. I will finally be able to justifibly get off Office 2000.


RE: A REAL Steal
By tekzor on 9/13/2007 12:47:57 PM , Rating: 2
I just ordered my copy as soon as I read this article.

They as for your college email youname@college.edu
Enter Credit card and you can download. I Think you can only download the file twice, unles you buy an extended DL plan.
They send you CD-KEY through the email.

Will download when I get home!!


Meanwhile in the real world...
By Amiga500 on 9/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By Lord Evermore on 9/13/2007 1:15:33 PM , Rating: 3
Some people only reluctantly pirate software because they can't afford outrageously high prices that are set based on the fact that corporations are willing to pay them. Give them a reasonable price for individual usage and many will make the legal buy.


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By Amiga500 on 9/13/2007 5:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
We are talking students here!!!

60 quid is big money to a student over here - they sure as hell won't "waste" it buying a legit copy of office 2007.


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By Hypernova on 9/13/2007 6:41:32 PM , Rating: 2
60US is perfectly fine with me with software like this, think how much a student spend on beer and the likes.


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By Amiga500 on 9/14/2007 4:30:06 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know one single student over here that will fork out for it to be honest.

They'll spend the money in the bar and get office off a friend or off a torrent.

I'm sure Microsoft will get a few takers, such as yourself, and maybe more mature students (post-graduate/PhD students and whatever - but here we are covered under the uni campus agreement so have no need to pay anything) however, I wouldn't expect the take-up to be significant tbh.


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By kmmatney on 9/17/2007 6:35:51 PM , Rating: 2
Considering how much money you spend on text books, this is a steal. Useful software for just about every class. You can always get your parents to pay.


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By kelmon on 9/14/2007 5:46:44 AM , Rating: 3
Bollocks. £60 wasn't expensive when I went to university about 10-years ago and I'm damned sure that students today can afford it MS Office for Windows 3.1 cost me more than that through the university in those days. Ah, those happy memories of swapping 25 or so floppy disks...

If you can't afford it then get OpenOffice. If you pirate software that you don't NEED then I hope they arrest your ass. Honestly, I never thought I'd complain about the younger generations but you're such whiney bastards that seem to think that the world owes you free stuff. Get a part-time job like everyone else if you're so bloody poor.

/end rant


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By Amiga500 on 9/14/2007 9:37:22 AM , Rating: 2
Explain the motivation any student would have for paying 30 quid or whatever it is for this, when they can download Office2003/XP or whatever for free so easily?

They simply won't (well... the mentally deficient arts crowds might :-D)


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By UNCjigga on 9/19/2007 1:47:52 PM , Rating: 2
They will because the majority doesn't think paying for software is stupid, only broke-yet-1337 h4x0rZ like yourself do.


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By kmmatney on 9/17/2007 6:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
excellent post. Whenever I go back to my Alma mater UCLA, I see kids spending $10 for lunch at Rubios everyday. Not to mention how much money is spent on Xbox games, etc... surely $60 is a great deal.


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/13/2007 1:33:53 PM , Rating: 2
Office 2007 is more difficult to pirate and does phone home monthly. Vista likewise is more difficult to pirate. Far more difficult than XP ever was.


RE: Meanwhile in the real world...
By Amiga500 on 9/13/2007 5:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
Ive no idea on the piracy difficulty issues, so will take your word for it.

But office XP or office 2003 will do absolutely everything 2007 will do. Also, it will be much more inter compatible with different versions of office [particularly important where not all sections of a university will be running office 2007, if indeed, any of them are!] - one of the fellas in here "upgraded" to 2007, and has been cursing it on a regular basis since.


More Choice?
By Aikouka on 9/13/2007 11:57:37 AM , Rating: 2
The problem I had when it came to wanting to go to Office 2007 was which programs I wanted. I mainly wanted Outlook, Word and Excel, but the only way to get these would be Office 2007 Standard (among other applications that come with it). The combination that I wanted wasn't much different from the Student and Teacher edition, but if I remember correctly, Microsoft originally had Outlook in this edition for Office XP but removed it for 2007.

But anyway, I've always wondered why you couldn't simply have office versions that allowed x number of programs and you chose which ones you wanted. Say I bought Teacher and Student which allowed 3 programs to be installed. I could just grab the programs that I wanted.

But I ended up nabbing Office Enterprise through Microsoft's Home Use Program, so no need for that anymore ;).




RE: More Choice?
By HrilL on 9/13/2007 12:09:05 PM , Rating: 3
Because most people don't use the other programs other then the core 5 word, excel, power point, outlook, and access. And it would be a pain if you had to reinstall to chose the ones you wanted every time. But I guess for me I would only ever use the 3 of them. But its MS they inflate the price because you get the extra baggage.


RE: More Choice?
By TomZ on 9/13/2007 12:30:05 PM , Rating: 1
OneNote would be great for students taking notes in class. I'd surely use it for that.


RE: More Choice?
By StillPimpin on 9/13/2007 12:38:05 PM , Rating: 2
But for users who use more than the core 3 (or 4), they could have a tierd license. X$ for 3, XX$ for 4, XXX$ for 5, then the whole kit for XXXX$. That way users could spend money on what they need and not waste it on what they don't want. I personally would never use access outside of work so why pay for it just to get Outlook or Publisher which I need other places?


RE: More Choice?
By Aikouka on 9/13/2007 12:40:38 PM , Rating: 2
The thing is, Student and Teacher comes with Word, Excel and Powerpoint which is only 3 of the 5 you mentioned. It's really just that Office as a whole offers a lot of functionality but for a hefty price. This article is one way Microsoft saw to combat that for people who have a need yet might not have the means. Yet I doubt everyone will use all those applications.

I mean, as I mentioned I use 2007 Enterprise and out of laziness, I just let it install everything. God knows I won't use half the stuff in it ;).


Finally
By gigahertz20 on 9/13/2007 11:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
"Students can download the software direct from Microsoft or have a DVD shipped out for a free."

I'm assuming it should be "fee" not "free"

Anyways, this is an awesome deal. As a senior at Penn State I know alot of students that would take advantage of this deal. It's still hard to drop $60 on something when you can go onto one of the many bittorent sites and download it for free, but at least there should be no excuses to pirate it since the price is no longer ridiculous.




RE: Finally
By Acanthus on 9/13/2007 11:54:12 AM , Rating: 3
I think this is exactly what it's supposed to curb.

How many students are actually going to pay $749 for software they need for class? Id imagine it's in the single digit %s.

At this price, even poor ass college students can swing it.


RE: Finally
By Spivonious on 9/13/2007 12:46:54 PM , Rating: 2
If they need it for class, then the school is obligated to provide a computer lab with the software installed on it. Believe it or not, there are still many students who don't have a personal computer in their dorm room.


RE: Finally
By Acanthus on 9/13/2007 12:57:17 PM , Rating: 1
Who wants to sit in a computer lab for 15 hours a week writing papers? (obviously not every major... but)


wow great!
By sgun on 9/13/2007 12:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
I need to switch from OpenOffice which I have already mastered. Why?




RE: wow great!
By Lord Evermore on 9/13/2007 1:22:40 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody said you need to. This is for people that want to upgrade or switch. Or who want to actually have learned how to use the applications that they're most likely to be required to use once they get into the real world.


RE: wow great!
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/13/2007 1:32:23 PM , Rating: 2
Because believe it or not, for advanced users Open Office isn't capable of many things done regularly in business. For home users they want to use something that works the same way thus they also buy office. This was how Microsoft/IBM beat ole Apple. They went for businesses knowing that people want the same machine at home and work, Apple went for the students, and look where that got them? A bunch of apple bandits that if they want a corporate job will learn to use a PC or GTFO!


RE: wow great!
By sgun on 9/14/2007 2:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, I didn't think about it, but it's so true. And I should know - only MS Office where I work.


Not So Killer In Colorado
By RosscoB on 9/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: Not So Killer In Colorado
By Phlargo on 9/13/2007 1:59:20 PM , Rating: 2
Just so you know, you've linked the UK site. You should try www.theultimatesteal.com.


RE: Not So Killer In Colorado
By tdawg on 9/13/2007 4:10:32 PM , Rating: 5
What?! Oxford? Eton? Who's heard of these? Where are my Colorado colleges and universities?!

Oh wait, maybe I should check the US list.

Here's to a fruitful higher education for you. :)


How many computer can this be installed on?
By Lord Banshee on 9/13/2007 12:14:32 PM , Rating: 2
How many computer can this version be install on at once? I bought the Home and Student version which says you can install on 3 different computers at once. But this one, i can not find any information. Anyone found it?




By Lord Evermore on 9/13/2007 1:21:17 PM , Rating: 2
Retail Ultimate can be installed on only one machine. Of course if you're allowed to buy more than one copy, then 2 of them costs the same as Home and Student, so it's not quite unreasonable. Sure as hell if I was paying 700 dollars for Ultimate as an individual user, I'd want to be allowed to install it on at least 3 machines.


By quique on 9/13/2007 8:24:22 PM , Rating: 2
From the Customer Support Page:

"Can I only install this software on one computer?

As with any Microsoft® Office software you buy at retail, you are licensed one copy of the software for use on one device and are allowed to install another copy on a portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device.As with any Microsoft® Office software you buy at retail, you are licensed one copy of the software for use on one device and are allowed to install another copy on a portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device."

You can install one copy on your desktop and 1 extra copy on a portable device (laptop, etc). That's what I'm doing!


no thanks
By mforce on 9/13/2007 12:32:23 PM , Rating: 2
With the risk of being voted down I just want to express my opinion. I'm from Romania , we get discounts here too as students but I've never been interested. I do use a copy of Windows XP which I didn't buy but only rarely when there's a program that won't work under Linux and even if I do use Windows I still find OpenOffice more than enough for my needs.
So basically I don't need any good deals from MS when I can just keep using free and open source software that will still be free and open source in the future. I do realize though that some people's needs or skills maybe different and it's their choice what software they use.
I really don't appreciate this kinda thing. Come on , try it now while you're a student , it's cheap , get hooked . We'll have your money later ...
I'm sure MS has noble intentions though ... yeah right...




RE: no thanks
By Kenenniah on 9/13/2007 1:07:51 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft couldn't care less about whether they ever see more money from you for Office in the future. The VAST majority of the money they make from Office is from corporations. The piddly amount they can make off end users is pocket change in comparison.


RE: no thanks
By Lord Evermore on 9/13/2007 1:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
"So basically I don't need any good deals from MS when I can just keep using free and open source software"

AND when you can occasionally use a pirated copy of whatever commercial software you happen to feel a need for. Don't make it sound like you avoid MS software rather than paying for it.

Deals like this from Microsoft are for people who WANT to make legal purchases but have not been able to afford it. Nobody expects MS to be giving it away out of the goodness of their hearts, we all know it's so that more people will be using Microsoft products.


Irony...
By pauldovi on 9/13/2007 1:19:45 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I have to say it.

Imagine if this was Apple doing the deal. The Apple drones would be in here saying how Steve Jobs is their savor and Apple is the ultimate in customer service...




RE: Irony...
By TomZ on 9/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: Irony...
By rbuszka on 9/13/2007 11:38:02 PM , Rating: 2
Red herring.


RE: Irony...
By kelmon on 9/14/2007 5:50:34 AM , Rating: 2
What can I say, we're a happy bunch. Who loves ya, baby?


Perpetual License.
By DJMiggy on 9/13/2007 1:38:58 PM , Rating: 2
It is a Perpetual License. Doesn't that mean we have to renew it in a year like Virus software?




RE: Perpetual License.
By Lord Banshee on 9/13/2007 1:42:32 PM , Rating: 2
no Perpetual License is for lifetime


Terms and Conditions?
By Orthogonal on 9/13/2007 11:43:06 AM , Rating: 3
I didn't see it in the press release, but is the licence only valid while you remain a student? I'm assuming that is the case, but it wasn't explicitly stated.

Not that MS would know the difference...




RE: Terms and Conditions?
By rbuszka on 9/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: Terms and Conditions?
By Lord Evermore on 9/13/07, Rating: -1
RE: Terms and Conditions?
By TomZ on 9/13/07, Rating: 0
Argh
By gramboh on 9/13/2007 6:36:57 PM , Rating: 2
Awesome, helped my GF (grad student in Canada) order a new Dell Inspiron and I believe it was $99 for the Student/Teacher version of Office which is just Excel/World/Powerpoint. I'll call Dell and whine for a credit, especially because the damn thing hasn't shipped yet (ordered Aug 24, order processed Aug 26).




Old news for Australia
By hadifa on 9/13/2007 10:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
We had this promotion

http://www.itsnotcheating.com.au/

about 5-6 months ago. I got an office 2007 ultimate then for 72 Australian Dollars.

You will need to download it and they will email you a password and that is it.

It is a pretty neat package and It worked well for me. I wonder why they included all the bells and whistles, while they could have simply gone with a stripped down version. It would have still been a very good offer IMHO.




great deal
By chhimp on 9/19/2007 2:34:32 PM , Rating: 2
I just downloaded it yesterday. I got the extended download for 5.95 more so it totaled a alittle over $65. Great deal as long as you have a .edu email address. Sacramento state sells their student addition for professional office for 84.98. This is the ultimate addition and on it is only $60 and it includes office groove and office note 07.




IF YOU BUY THIS FROM
By JonnyDough on 9/15/07, Rating: -1
That's a terrible price
By System48 on 9/13/07, Rating: -1
RE: That's a terrible price
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/13/2007 11:53:39 AM , Rating: 2
As stated in the article, this is available to ANY college student, not just students at a particular university.

Not every student in the United States or Canada, etc. can get that pricing that you show.


RE: That's a terrible price
By System48 on 9/13/2007 12:09:00 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know if it's just the area I live in but that's about the price I've seen at a lot of Colleges in my area.


RE: That's a terrible price
By Lord Banshee on 9/13/2007 8:29:14 PM , Rating: 2
My College has Office 2007 Ultimate for $250 dollars so this is one hell of a deal.


RE: That's a terrible price
By HrilL on 9/13/2007 12:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
wow with pricing like that I would own all legit MS but since it is not for me. Open source is still the way to go. I mean I only use it to write a paper like once or twice a month. So I don't see the point in spending the money.


RE: That's a terrible price
By JonnyDough on 9/15/07, Rating: -1
RE: That's a terrible price
By acer905 on 9/13/2007 12:12:05 PM , Rating: 2
dear god... ya know if everyone on earth bought a copy of XP Pro at that price, they would still get 36.85 billion dollars...


RE: That's a terrible price
By StillPimpin on 9/13/2007 12:40:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah... Too bad every student is not a UC student though.


RE: That's a terrible price
By Hyperlite on 9/13/2007 3:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
wow...nice prices.


RE: That's a terrible price
By mWMA on 9/13/2007 3:19:02 PM , Rating: 2
Enterprise is the better option. No annoying things to deal with especially the activation crap.
Accounting Express 2007 which is the only addition to utlimate can be easily downloaded also for free. You can get it for free here http://www.ideawins.com


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