Microsoft really, really wants students to buy Microsoft Office and to that end today started a promotion where students can pick up Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for $59.95:
As part of Microsoft Corp.’s commitment to education, the company is introducing a promotion inviting students who are actively enrolled at educational institutions and have a valid e-mail address from the institution to purchase Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 at a student price of $59.95 (U.S.). “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. The promotion will end April 30, 2008.
Office Ultimate 2007 includes the entire Microsoft Office toolset that students are accustomed to working with and more, including 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.
Students can find program details and see if they’re eligible at http://www.theultimatesteal.com.
Frankly that’s more than most students want or need but selective installation will keep from wasting hard disk space and the price is certainly right. By way of comparison, the suggested price for Office Ultimate 2007 is $679 and more comparably, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 lists for $149 but just includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, although allowing them to be installed on 3 PCs. Depending on your needs and what kind of discount you can get off the retail price, the latter might still be a better option.