Microsoft Ultimate Steal

A few days ago I ordered Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate edition online for $59.95.  I know what you’re thinking: “I can’t believe he ordered something from one of those sketchy ‘legal softw@re sales’ spam emails that I always get.”  Don’t worry – I didn’t.

I ordered it from this site, which is a promotion run by Microsoft to put Office in the hands of students at a bargain price.  In order to qualify, you need to have an email address ending in “.edu”.  Additionally, you’re supposed to be registered for at least a 50% class load, however they don’t ask for proof of this upfront.  Rather, they say that someone may contact you later and ask for that proof.  If you can’t supply it, you’ll have to pay the full price for the software, which is $679.  Ouch.  I legitimately meet both criteria, so it seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.

Getting Office is a huge expense, even if you get it pre-installed on a new computer, so this kind of offer is really helpful and will obviate the need for me to get a copy when we hopefully upgrade our desktop computer sometime in the next year.  Plus, it will be useful right now since we’ve been using a combination of Microsoft Works (which is terrible) and my old copy of Office 97, which is missing a bunch of useful features.

If any of you, my readers, qualify for the offer or if you know people who do, I should tell you that the offer ends on April 30th at 11:59pm.  The base price of $59.95 gets you the software as a download, which is accessible online for 30 days.  For $5.95 extra, you can get online access to the installation file(s) for 2 years.  Or, for $12.95 extra, they will send you the installation DVD (there’s no additional charge for shipping).  I choose the latter option because I just like having physical media.

So, if you’re still using Microsoft Works or Office 97 (like I was) or if you use OpenOffice and hate it (like I do) then get moving and take advantage of this offer before it ends.

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