Office 2010 'cheapest ever' for students: Pricing details emerge

Office 2010 'cheapest ever' for students: Pricing details emerge

Summary: Microsoft has announced the price of the newly created dedicated academic edition of Office 2010 of which details are found within.


Microsoft has announced details of the pricing scheme for the upcoming Office 2010 editions. As I've written before, the new student dedicated edition - Office Professional Academic - will be thrown together with the usual list of editions, along with the previous student-favourite, Office Home and Student.

Office Professional Academic 2010

This edition will cost only $99 which is a massive drop in price from previous equivalent Office Home and Student editions. It's also the most disproportionally priced (but in a good way), as it has most of the applications included such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Outlook and Access, for such as small price. It will work in conjunction with the free version of Office Web Apps which run through SkyDrive.

To buy it online, you will need to provide your university email address, and boxed copies will be sold in authorised university bookshops and retailers, such as student unions. However only "qualified students and educators" will be able to purchase the boxed copy by presenting a university student/staff ID card in store.

The non-academic Office Professional 2010 edition which has the same applications is priced at $349-$499, which saves the student literally hundreds of dollars. I would expect UK prices to be higher than the equivalent in currency due to tax and VAT, but shouldn't exceed £100.

Office Home and Student 2010

This edition is designed really for the home-student and mature students who have families of their own, and is priced at $119 with a product key card, or $149 for an ordinary boxed copy.

While Though the Professional Academic edition can only be installed once twice, this edition allows you to install it up to three times on different computers at home.

The product key card allows users to quickly upgrade to a higher edition of Office at a cheaper cost. Either way, this edition includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and again, the free version of Office Web Apps.

The Ultimate Steal is still around and available for students to buy Office Ultimate 2007 at a far cheaper cost until December 2010, but is unclear whether this will roll out to Office 2010. Firstly, we don't really know when the new Office version will launch and the rather cheap cost of the Professional Academic edition may negate the point of having further discounted software.

But I have it assured that Microsoft is continuing to look at ways for students to get the best value for their money, and evaluate the Ultimate Steal promotion (or similar) once it ends.

We shall see, Microsoft. We shall see.

Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Software

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  • That much?

    Office is a product that offered nothing of note since the beginning of last decade except for incompatible file formats with each new version.

    If Office 2010 is not able to deliver something that goes beyond incompatible file formats (a given) then all I can say about it is

    Big <span style="font-size:150%">FAIL!</span>
    The Mentalist
    • And yet people choose to use Office

      Whenever people talk about needing Office, I offer to install OpenOffice for them.
      I tell them it's free and try it for a week, and if you don't like it all you have wasted is a little time.
      90%+ buy Office within that week.

      It isn't ignorance. It isn't that they don't know. It is a clear choice. They see the value.
      And as long as that is the case, the only 'fail' will be open source projects that do nothing but pretend to be a poor mans Office.
      • I have seen similar results

        Working in IT many think I have some inside connection to get them free copies of office. I usually do my best to find a low cost route and many times these people have students in college/high school and get purchase a copy that way. Some, however, snub their noses at the 60 - 80% discounted price and I have offered and installed Open Office for every one of them. Most hate it and end up buying or obtaining a copy of office by some other means. Most say because they like Office and are used to Office. Others say OpenOffice does not have all the features they wanted or expected. Either way it is a choice.

        On a related note my Director of Technology wanted to ditch MS office even though we get it dirt cheap being in education and go Open Office across the board. Well before we upgraded from Office 2000 to Office 2007 that is what we did. Lasted a whole 3 months and that is only because it took a while to re-image all the computers or push out Office 2007 to our computers after huge complaints and compatibility issues were running rampant. The biggest problems were with our more sophisticated documents had many merges and our access databases wouldn't work for crap in "Base". Other complaints about no publisher compatibility and horrid compatibility of Impress when working with PowerPoint files were also thrown around. In the end it was determined that the $25 per workstation is a justifiable cost for MS Office.
      • not totally true

        "It isn't ignorance. It isn't that they don't know. It is a clear choice. They see the value."

        Not necessarily so. I am going back to school, and was 'Informed' that all my work {online classes and presented papers} must be done using Microsoft Office. I use Open Office, and have for years, but must get office because the idiots in charge demand it.

        Sometimes it's not up to the individuals, but it is because the people in charge are so hide-bound, and programed to accept nothing else.
        • not totally true...

          To druid627, You may be able to save your $$ for now by simply saving your documents in an MS Office format instead of in an Open Office format. Most organizations (collage/university) don't have Open Office and therefore cannot open documents saved in that format. Just use the "save as" feature or change the default format. Good Luck
          • Thanks,

            Thanks for the tip, Terry.Long... I'll try it.
    • Big FAIL?

      You fail to realize that Office offers more options and features that OOo doesn't have that makes the $99 very reasonable.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Office 2010 'cheapest ever' for students: Pricing details emerge

    Microsoft offers Office Ultimate for $59 to students that includes every module that Office offers.
  • RE: Office 2010 'cheapest ever' for students: Pricing details emerge

    Not the cheapest ever....

    I remember seeing Office '97 OEM for only $20. These were real CD's, not counterfeit copies.