It’s for real: Microsoft offers software at 91 percent discount

Listen up college students! Or the parents of college students! Or anyone who knows a college student!

Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal promotion, which AccountingWEB reported on last month, has been extended through May 16, giving eligible students a few more days to snap up Office Ultimate 2007 software at an unbelievable 91 percent discount – only $59.95 instead of the full retail cost of $679. But this offer is for real.

"Microsoft makes students an offer they can't refuse," wrote Gina Hughes: The Techie Diva on her blog on Yahoo! Tech. Hughes said the offer is to prevent software piracy and people who commented on her blog agreed with the sentiment.

"I bought the Student priced version through my school at the beginning of the semester and paid 4x times this price. At the time it was still a good deal as the normal suite is $700. The author of this blog is right, if other companies would provide to students the software at this reduced price it would reduce piracy quite a bit. Isn't it true that some profit is better than no profit at all?" one reader wrote.

Even J.D. Biersdorfer, who advises New York Times readers on all things electronic, passed on the extended discount to the Times Bits section, which reported, "The semester may be ending, but that doesn't mean the educational discounts have dried up for the summer – yet."

The offer is for students who possess a valid e-mail address at an educational institution geographically located in the United States and carry at least a .5 course credit load. Students are offered free access to the software for 25 launches before purchase.

Applications in the Office Ultimate 2007 include: Word 2007, Excel 2007, Groove 2007, InfoPath 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager, Access 2007, Publisher 2007, OneNote 2007, and Accounting Express 2007.

The offer ends May 16th at 11:59 p.m. You can read all the details.

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