Ultimate Steal spreads across the pond: Vista Ultimate included

Summary:As I wrote a few weeks ago, the Ultimate Steal has been roaring for those in the US and Canada, and it's finally reached us across the pond (the Atlantic to all the idiots out there). Similar things apply, such as needing a valid university or college email address, and of course a method of payment.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, the Ultimate Steal has been roaring for those in the US and Canada, and it's finally reached us across the pond (the Atlantic to all the idiots out there). Similar things apply, such as needing a valid university or college email address, and of course a method of payment.

Microsoft are offering Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95, which is as close as you'll get to the $60 they were offering for North America. Considering university starts for most people this or next week, you may be best of taking the opportunity to buy so you're set for the new academic year.

Provided you have a ac.uk, ac.im, ac.gg, or ac.je email address (UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey) then you should be valid for the offer; although those at the Open University (open.ac.uk) may not be valid as you're often not full-time students.

Update: my colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes over at Hardware 2.0 informs me that the Open University are open to this offer too. Thanks for the heads-up!

Still, you can check by whopping in your email address and they'll let you know whether you're valid for the offer or not.

Not only that, hidden in the corner of the site is another interesting offer:

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Visio of course can be very handy to those doing architecture/interior design degrees, as well as those doing electronics and computer science. For an extra just-under £40, it's probably the cheapest you'll ever see a legal, genuine copy of it.

The Ultimate Steal will slowly spread across Europe and into Asia soon. Next in line to take chance of this offer are Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Korea (although not sure which one - maybe both?), Spain and then Sweden - but knowing Microsoft, probably not in that order.

If however, you happen to be an anti-Microsoft, arrogant and stubborn git about the fact Microsoft are throwing students a bone, don't take them up on the offer and suffer as a result, because whether you like it or not, they dominate the marketplace so you may as well just get used to it.

Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Windows

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