Microsoft says college students can 'steal' Office

For college students who want Office 2007, but don't want to pay Microsoft a fortune, the software maker is offering another option: Steal it. Well, actually Microsoft isn't encouraging piracy. Rather it is launching a promotion, dubbed "Ultimate Steal," in which college students can get the ultra high-end Ultimate edition of Office for just $60.

The promotion runs through April 30 and starts Wednesday in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. It launches next week in France, Italy and Spain. To be eligible, Microsoft said students have to be "actively enrolled" in a higher education program and have an e-mail address from that school.

"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," Alan Yates, general manager of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, said in a statement. "The Ultimate Steal is the latest in a long history of providing compelling academic offers for students."

News source: C|Net News

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ciaran00 said,
Nope. $60 is still more than $0.

People like you are the reason we have BS like "Genuine Advantage" and "Activation". If you don't want to pay for the software, don't buy it OR PIRATE IT you lazy freeloader.

"Make it cheaper and we'll stop pirating it" my arse.

what gets me is your paying for a trial and then ontop of that your paying for a one year license. Seems a waste of money to me but hey.

What? Who says you're paying for a trial? The program description clearly states that students can download the trial for free (which has limited functionality) then purchase a perpetual license.

Program Description:
Eligible students may have free access to Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007 Trial for a limited amount of time. Each trial provides (1) 25 application launches (each launch of an individual Office Ultimate application is counted as one launch) before the software goes into reduced functionality mode (at which time your software behaves similarly to a viewer, you cannot save modifications to documents or create any new documents, and additional functionality might be reduced); and (2) the opportunity to purchase the following perpetual license for the Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007 software:


Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007 (USD$59.95): Perpetual license, which includes the following applications:
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Access™ 2007
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Accounting Express 2007
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Excel® 2007
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InfoPath® 2007
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Groove 2007
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OneNote® 2007
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Outlook® 2007 with Business Contact Manager*(see Obtaining Software below)
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PowerPoint® 2007
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Publisher 2007
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Word 2007

Decades ago IBM wanted to give free computer to many university and wasn't allowed to do it because it isn't fair play.

And now MS is doing almost the same and nobody complain about this matter.

Why would anyone complain? The only good competition (OO) is already free. MS is still charging.

You're apparently not a college student or you really wouldn't be bringing that bogus argument up.

-Spenser

Can you install Office 2007 Ulitmate on more than 1 computer? ie. on 3 computers, like the Home version.

Also, What does the 0.5 course(s) stipulation mean? Does it that you have to 1/2 a course enrolled or you need 1/2 a course load? (my guess is 1/2 a course load)

Individual must be a student enrolled at one of the qualified universities listed here and must be actively enrolled in at least 0.5 course(s).

Anyone know what's happening with the UK version of this? Website currently says you have to hold a U.S. educational institution e-mail address yet the press release says it applies to UK and Canada too?

Edit: D'oh! didn't realise you just had to change the language at the top *slaps forehead*

I remember at Waterloo... they were giving windows xp professional for free... as for this... i might just buy it because it seems like a good offer on their part

"The Ultimate Steal is the latest in a long history of providing compelling academic offers for students."

Oops, wrong! In MY day I bought a copy of Office 2000 Pro on campus and the Academic price was about $350.

Kids have it way too easy today. :P

MS cannot afford to have students getting use to free software (OO or others). They need to be indoctrinate early... so they will make good peons later in the industry.

And i guess it does not really cost MS $600+ to make one copy of Office after all.

I just paid £80ish for a copy of office 2007 Home and Student (3-licence) and now they do this...think I might just do what microsoft says and 'steal' office next time...

not bad, I got Office 2007 Enterprise from my university for 50 bucks....whats the major difference between Enterprise and Ultimate?

Aw man.. I misread that for a second. Thought it meant Windows Ultimate Edition. Didn't know there was an Office Ultimate blabla-blah-blah. D:

The CD Key is embeded in an unattended installation configuration file. So if someone does unleash it to the net, Microsoft would be able to locate the source institution. I am one of the lucky ones that received it included in my tuition as Netrack pointed out.

Its already free (well you pay for it in tution) at my University, you log-in and download the .exe file literally, there is no security key required.... im surprised the file hasnt been leaked already

IMO no. Going from 2003->2007 kicked my ass... some common things (ie. draw borders) became a lot more complicated and stuff (took me about 2 hours to figure out how to do some really simple things that should have taken a second).... finding where options are seem to be more complicated if you're really use to the 2003 interface.

I currently have the both installed.

Absolutely. It's a great piece of software.

Drawing borders is easy. On most selected objects special tab, usually 'Format' or something, there's a Shape Border, or Picture Border, etc. button. It's pretty hard to miss, it's right with all the other object formatting options. And, of course, nothing stops you from right clicking the object and choosing "Format Shape", or "Format Picture", etc (Just like in 2003)

darkpuma said,
IMO no. Going from 2003->2007 kicked my ass... some common things (ie. draw borders) became a lot more complicated and stuff (took me about 2 hours to figure out how to do some really simple things that should have taken a second).... finding where options are seem to be more complicated if you're really use to the 2003 interface.

I currently have the both installed.


Agreed, any office over 2003 is way more bloated also the new interface is good for newcomers but a burden for more seasoned in msoffice. Luckily Visio 2007 retain the old style.

MS have done a similar thing here in Australia too (yay, we got something for once :P) you can get Office 2007 Ultimate for something like AUD$70 through the MSAA at Uni, I missed out though graduated before it came in :P oh talk about bad timing! haha

Yeah. Imagine my delight when I found out that my uni email (that's the only thing needed by MS for the promotion) was still active, 3 years after my graduation.

Not really a surprise, when they are competing against free - Open Office! They've
got to keep their software dominant (though galling for people who have paid $500)

boho said,
Not really a surprise, when they are competing against free - Open Office! They've
got to keep their software dominant (though galling for people who have paid $500)

Oh ok cause have you ever sent your professor a document that you made in open office only to have it lose all formatting when opened up on their PC in Word?

Yeah. Never again. Don't be an OO fanboy.

JiveMasterT said,

Oh ok cause have you ever sent your professor a document that you made in open office only to have it lose all formatting when opened up on their PC in Word?

Yeah. Never again. Don't be an OO fanboy.


Learn to save in a Neutral format, like say RTF?

z0phi3l said,


Learn to save in a Neutral format, like say RTF?

But the professors might only want the word format not thinking RTF works and will not open it.

In version 2 of Open Office the formatting and other stuff worked good for me when saving as .doc files, I only had problems in version 1 with tables. I think if people are worried about their formatting they should download the Free Word viewer and check their work before sending it.

JiveMasterT said,

Oh ok cause have you ever sent your professor a document that you made in open office only to have it lose all formatting when opened up on their PC in Word?

Yeah. Never again. Don't be an OO fanboy.


PDF, anyone?