Microsoft returns with its “Ultimate Steal” promotion for college students

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Microsoft is back again with its Ultimate Steal promotion for anyone attending a U.S. educational institution and actively enrolled in at least a half course credit. You have to be able to provide an .edu email address to complete the purchase as well.

It looks like the price is the same as the promotion they ran in 2007 and 2008. For $59.95, you get the Ultimate Version of Office 2007, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Groove, Publisher, Access, InfoPath 2007, and Accounting Express 2008. For price comparison, this is selling for $399.99 on Amazon.

The promo also includes the option of the add on of Visio (diagramming software) for $55, and the Office Language Pack for $9.99. You could also choose to purchase the Vista Ultimate (RED) upgrade for $65, which is an almost 75% savings of the normal list price.

Now to weigh the pros and cons of the whole offer. I’d think about this — make sure your student really needs all the stuff in the Ultimate Version before you buy it. If not, you could probably check around, maybe even at the college bookstore and find Microsoft Office for Home and Students for about half the price of even this “steal.” Don’t pay what Amazon is gonna charge you for even the Student Version obviously. Office for Students still has Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and One Note.

Next up, if you do think you (or your student) could use all the bundled software and this is a great buy for you, decide if getting the Vista upgrade is really worth is. Besides my love (*ahem*) of all things Vista, next year when they offer the Steal, it will probably come with Windows 7. If you are going to be getting Vista, make sure if you have an older machine that it can handle it. It is a true memory hog. Take what it says it requires to run it, and double it….or you will become best friends with a little blue spinning circle.

To take advantage of the offer follow the following instructions:

  • Click on “Buy Now.”
  • Enter your eligible email address from college/university.
  • You will receive an email to purchase (if eligible).
  • Click on the link in the email you receive to access the store.
  • Purchase your license/product key.
  • If desired, add back-up media to your purchase.
  • Check out and download Microsoft Ultimate 2007.

And there you go! You’ve stolen from Microsoft. (Well, sorta).

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