Microsoft brings back “The Ultimate Steal” with sizeable discounts on academic software

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Microsoft has decided to bring back its very successful “The Ultimate Steal” campaign just in time for the returning semester.  The program gives any student enrolled at academic institutions an opportunity to purchase what has become, to many, essential software at substantial discounts.  The crown jewel of the collection is Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007, available at $59.95. 

The ‘Ultimate’ edition of Office grants a user licences to the following programs:

  • Access 2007
  • Accounting Express 2007
  • Excel 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • InfoPath 2007
  • OneNote 2007
  • Outlook 2007
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Word 2007

Office is available to qualified buyers as of right now.  Starting on September 8th, Office Visio Professional 2007 will be available for $55.95, the Office Languages Packs 2007 for $9.95 and perhaps most usefully, a Windows Vista Ultimate upgrade pack will be offered for $64.95.

While the bargains can seem substantial, some argue that even the lowered prices are too much when compared to free alternatives such as StarOffice or OpenOffice.org.  Companies tend to offer good student pricing because when people learn on a specific application, they’ll often go on to a business which will then be forced to buy the software at full price.  Still, if you’re a student looking for a copy of Office 2007, the program offers an affordable option over other unsavory options.

 

Further reading:

The Ultimate Steal program site

 

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