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article imageMicrosoft says college students can 'steal' Office

By Chris V. Thangham     Sep 16, 2007 in World
Microsoft is giving advice to college students who want to have its Office Suite 2007 but don’t want to pay too much for it, “Steal it”. Microsoft wants to lure more students to buy legal versions for a smaller price instead of paying full price.
Microsoft is trying a reverse strategy to bring more student users for it popular Office 2007 programs. It is not really encouraging piracy, but rather as a promotion named “Ultimate Steal”, in which college students can purchase a high end ultimate edition of Office for just $60. The current market prices vary from $120 to $299 depending on Academic and Professional editions.
The promotion runs until April 30 next year and will go on sale this Wednesday in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. And it will also be sold at similar prices in France, Italy and Spain next week. To purchase this Office program at a special price, the user should be enrolled in an education program and have an e-mail address from that school.
Alan Yates, General Manager of Worldwide Education in Microsoft, said in a statement they brought this promotion after listening to the students' demands.
The Ultimate Steal is the latest in a long history of providing compelling academic offers for students."
Microsoft tried this promotion in Australia on a trial basis, and now it wants to expand to other countries including the U.S.
It is a great deal for students, but will it have the full features that Professional Edition has? Bill Gates and Microsoft have made enough billions, they should offer this promotion for the whole population, and still they will make profits and can fight piracy easily. Because of its high prices, many are downloading via torrent and other means.
If you are tired of using Office, there are plenty of free versions available such as Open Office, Google Docs, Zoho. Open Office you can use it for offline purposes, Google Apps and Zoho for online use.
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