Microsoft changes verification on college Office product

Microsoft has offered its Microsoft Office suite of productivity software tools to college students at a greatly reduced rate for a while now. The current student SKU includes Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, Publisher 2010, Access 2010, and Office Web Apps for a price under $100. However, some non-students have gotten access to this version of Microsoft Office simply by borrowing the SKU's product key.

Now Microsoft is cracking down on who can access this version of Microsoft Office. According to ZDNet, Microsoft has now replaced the old student version, titled Office Professional Academic 2010, with a new version called Microsoft Office University 2010. This version has been designated just for college and university students, and faculty.

Microsoft has decided to ditch the product key verification route for people who want to purchase and use Microsoft Office University 2010. Instead, people must type in their "school email address, sign-in ID, or international student identity card" when Microsoft asks for it. That should cut down the number of users for the product that are not college students or faculty members. The story claims there will be a new version of Microsoft Office University when the upcoming "Office 15" product is released.

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ITOps said,

Normally you are no longer able to use the student software and need to purchase a retail license, which normally comes in the software agreement that you signed at college. There is also the agreement that must be agreed to before installing the software with more details.

You need to check.

You can continue to use Adobe creative suit for student even after you graduate. You can even make commercial work with it and upgrade it to a full version with an upgrade version when the new version comes out. But their student version are still expensive. In fact i would say this is the price the overpriced to death full version should sell

In the case of MS the student version is really innexpensive so it's probably different.

According to the Terms of service of the Accademic version, you are allowed to use it even after graduation, but of course only for non-commercial-uses.

still1 said,

that will **** of a lot of people!!! my friend got many student discount and i am sure he would be ****ed.

You can still use it once you've left college/university.

LaP said,

You need to check.

You can continue to use Adobe creative suit for student even after you graduate. You can even make commercial work with it and upgrade it to a full version with an upgrade version when the new version comes out. But their student version are still expensive. In fact i would say this is the price the overpriced to death full version should sell

In the case of MS the student version is really innexpensive so it's probably different.

To my understanding the academic version of CS cannot ever be used for commercial purposes ever... of course once you upgrade to the non academic version of CS the upgraded version can be used, but the original version cannot.

dmbandfan22 said,
So I still have my old .edu email address and it's still active. I guess that'll work for verification?

Worked for me. I had left uni for a few years and used it to buy Office 2010 for £40.

dmbandfan22 said,
So I still have my old .edu email address and it's still active. I guess that'll work for verification?

Lucky. My university deleted my email account a little over two months after graduating.

Open Office, Libre Office, unless you really want to jazz up a stupid powerpoint (wish they would ban those in colleges), you can get by quite well on any of the free alternatives. MS doesn't have the lock on the market they use to, other than dopes that pony up for their bloated and overpriced Office suite.

naap51stang said,
Open Office, Libre Office, unless you really want to jazz up a stupid powerpoint (wish they would ban those in colleges), you can get by quite well on any of the free alternatives. MS doesn't have the lock on the market they use to, other than dopes that pony up for their bloated and overpriced Office suite.
If I'd use LOOL, then I'd be less productive and spent soo many times trying to access to some features that can be accessed by a single clic in MSO. I'd lose time trying to share it where MSO has Skydrive integration and finally I'd pop crappy doc that nobody can open it, great work!

Anthonyd said,
If I'd use LOOL, then I'd be less productive and spent soo many times trying to access to some features that can be accessed by a single clic in MSO. I'd lose time trying to share it where MSO has Skydrive integration and finally I'd pop crappy doc that nobody can open it, great work!

Did you ever try Open Office ?

Strange i did my CV with Open Office and was able to open it using Office 2010 without any problem. Had to adjust some line return (cause i stupidly did not use page break) but everything else was perfect.

For a company MS Office is clearly better.

For individuals and students at home it's a draw there's no need to spread the FUD anymore people are not dumb.

LaP said,

Did you ever try Open Office ?

Strange i did my CV with Open Office and was able to open it using Office 2010 without any problem. Had to adjust some line return (cause i stupidly did not use page break) but everything else was perfect.

For a company MS Office is clearly better.

For individuals and students at home it's a draw there's no need to spread the FUD anymore people are not dumb.


How come all my Linux-using student friend hate OO and use MSO?
Did you just call them dumb?

RealFduch said,

How come all my Linux-using student friend hate OO and use MSO?
Did you just call them dumb?

Your linux using student use MSO on linux ? wow awesome.

Strange i don't personally know anybody who actually hate OO. And i'm a computer engineer.

Again MSO is clearly a better product for companies and pro. And companies and pro use MSO. Linux user use OO of course but that's another story ...

For the average joe who want to edit his CV once a year OO does the job perfectly no need to spend 150$ for an home version of MSO.

But i'm getting away from the subject here since we talk about students. Students can use MSO at school. At home well not a lot of them pay for the student version you know what i mean ... i personally used OO cause i don't like to pirate things. And OO did the job perfectly since all teachers wanted reports to be printed. Anyone who say OO doesn't do the job for writing and printing simple 40 pages report clearly never used the product.

Edited by LaP, Feb 12 2012, 4:25am :

LaP said,

It sounds like the news is about students ...


Yup, but I was responding to a more generalized comment. Anybody who disses Office so flatly isn't only reserving the opinion for the minuscule 4 years of using it toward a degree. The 30+ years of a career where Office's more powerful integrated functionality is utilized turn university into a triviality.

Generally I think that MS Office is the ONLY choice if you're preparing for a career or working with databases or on a network. Libre/OO are more than enough if you're soloing and just looking to draft documents. And honestly, as deep as Office apps can get, you might be better off using it even before you begin preparing for a career, if just to solidify your proficiency. Why train later for something you can learn at your own pace now?

BTW, a lot of Linux users have MS Office. Of the <5% of PC users running Linux, I'd say at least half of them are dual-booting or toying with VMs.

Why not just give DreamSpark students a copy of Office? They are already verified students and I think Windows and Office would be far more useful than SQL Server or Windows Server to them. For a student, the core Office apps are indispensable.

xpclient said,
Why not just give DreamSpark students a copy of Office? They are already verified students and I think Windows and Office would be far more useful than SQL Server or Windows Server to them. For a student, the core Office apps are indispensable.

I agree that would push Dreamspark out alot more too.

-=SEDIN=- said,
$100?? When I was a student few years ago I paid $10 for office and $10 for windows Vista ultimate.

That was a huge promotion they ran that was ONLY for Vista and Office 2k7.

Joshie said,

That was a huge promotion they ran that was ONLY for Vista and Office 2k7.

I just checked on the school website and Windows 7 Ultimate is 9.99 for 32 and 64 bit. Office 2010 pro 9.99 and Windows Vista Business is 10.

-=SEDIN=- said,

I just checked on the school website and Windows 7 Ultimate is 9.99 for 32 and 64 bit. Office 2010 pro 9.99 and Windows Vista Business is 10.

Some schools have an agreement with MS.

Microsoft has decided to ditch the product key verification route for people who want to purchase and use Microsoft Office University 2010. Instead, people must type in their "school email address, sign-in ID, or international student identity card" when Microsoft asks for it.

Well that's good then. My university doesn't disable old students' accounts.

what said,

Well that's good then. My university doesn't disable old students' accounts.

I thought Microsoft was enforcing this (deleting of old accounts) beginning last year in order to obtain/keep exchange server and other site licenses. I know they had an upgrade for students who purchased Office Home 2010 where you could get Access and Outlook augmented on, but there was a yearly check (and will continue to be so).

It is very easy to create a fake .edu email address... most schools have a volume license anyway which expires after a certain time - the installer won't install no more after that time.

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