Office Ultimate 2007 for $16,014,000,000,000

Office Ultimate 2007 for $16,014,000,000,000

Summary: Seriously! A copy of Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for just over $16 quadrillion Zimbabwe dollars.


ultimatesteal.pngSeriously! A copy of Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for just over $16 quadrillion Zimbabwe dollars. Bargain!

I know I sometimes bitch on about Microsoft as being as evil as an al-Qaeda suggestion box, but this time they've excelled themselves. I got a press-release through a couple of days ago about this offer for students, but only got round to it today after my week off.

Microsoft are once again throwing you a deal you shouldn't refuse; every single Office 2007 application for $60 USD. The next university academic year begins for most people next month, and you're going to need a copy of Office, realistically. You could get by with OpenOffice or Google Docs, but for once, it'd be nice to have an easy life.

Often is the case when I take my sister shopping, she wants to buy something and it's £120 ($240), and I say, "pfft, you're kidding right?" She then retorts with, "but it's been reduced from £200!", being around $400. The point is, it's still £120 for a top, regardless of the discount given because there's a single thread loose.

This is similar in principle, but thankfully not the case.

For an ordinary copy of Office Ultimate 2007, it'd cost you $679.95. With a discount of 91%, you as a poor, hungry student, subject to abject poverty, save $620. All you need is:

  • a .edu email address of one of the institutions listed (see below);
  • a spare $60 in your bank account;
  • the web address:

For $60, you get Access 2007, Excel 2007, InfoPath 2007, Groove 2007, OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007, Word 2007 and Office Accounting Express 2007 - which frankly, is more software than you actually need.

There are two catches though, inevitably with these sorts of offers, from the website:


Of course, if you don't know whether your institution is listed, follow the link. The second part of the above terms make no sense to me, as my knowledge of the US education system is next-to-none.

For those in the UK, Canada, Italy and Mexico, this offer will be extended to you over the next few weeks or months. For other countries, it'll be expanded over time so every student around the world can take part in this offer of warm, fuzzy proportions.

Hey, considering you could make a high markup by selling it on as brand new on eBay, $60 goes to make a nice investment.

Topics: Collaboration, Microsoft, Software

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  • terms

    The second part of the terms are likely because some universities give their students lifetime access to their .edu email address. As long as they have graduated.
    • Right, but nobody is asking any questions. This is because there are too

      many people downloading OpenOffice.
      • Apparently, Open Office

        is not being used to the degree you believe. If so, Microsoft Office would not be selling as well as it is at the program's current price.
        • Apparently MS is worried, or they would not be giving discounts. If it is

          so valuable, and people will not use OpenOffice anyway, why not charge full price???? Or, is it that MS is worried that schools would use OpenOffice if they had to pay full price???

          MS is running scared here.
          • Completely Wrong


            Microsoft is being smart in offering discounts to students
            so that they get locked into that software for life. Apple
            offers student discounts on almost all of their products as
            well for the exact same reason.

            If you take a serious look at open office you will see that it
            is incredibly substandard in comparison to MS Office. This
            is not MS running scared in any way. It's just good
          • There is no lock without IIS

            It won't be tied to IIS servers, where the lock has moved to today. If you can use Office, you can use OpenOffice, or Google docs or whatever. A footnote is a footnote is a footnote.

            Please illuminate how OO is substandard to a non IIS linked Office version. Per Ed Bott, Office 2007 expanded the supported rows in spreadsheets of ridiculous sizes over the same size in Office 2003 and OO.

            [I]Microsoft Free - One year later[/I]
            Note: this is in the CORPORATE WORLD

            [B]Open Office worked remarkably well both receiving Microsoft Office files and creating files in Office format. I exchanged literally thousands of documents between Microsoft Office and Open Office. I never encountered a single issue with Word and Excel and occasionally encountered minor formatting issues with Power Point files.[/B]

            So again, please tell us all how OO is "incredibly substandard".

            [B]But if you can live without a few high-end features that most people don't use, and don't mind not having plenty of templates, you'll find OpenOffice 3 a winner. There's no need to pay top dollar for an office suite, when there's a free one, just waiting to be downloaded.[/B]

            Yes, MS has nothing to be worried about, therefore, drop the price 91%.

        • That makes no sense.

          Supply and demand. If nobody wanted or was using the competition, they would not drop the price 91%. Now how do you know how many are opting for $60 over free? Regardless, you can think of this as the "XP Home for UMPC" move to prevent the competition for owning the UMPC market.

          You know, when I was in Uni (granted, a long time ago, 18 years), I had $25 free spending money/week. $60 sounds about right for some portion of the students. Which would I pick today, buy nothing for a week or buy Office?

          Is MS feeling the price pressure on Office, absolutely, and to deny otherwise, say this is some "magnanimous move" on MS's part is spin of the ultimate kind.

  • Microsoft is going to find it very hard to keep Office Suite prices north

    of 50 bucks. Enterprises are not going to like that fact that they are the only ones paying full price.
    • RE: DonnieBoy

      Then again, they're pretty much the only people who can afford to buy them.

      *Public sector: the tax-payer shouldn't have to pay for government departments to have the most common technology, even though they do

      *Voluntary sector: charities, need to save money

      *Education sector: students can't afford to pay for hugely expensive office suite deals.

      Enterprises can afford it, and usually get discounts on huge licences for their offices and workplaces.
      • And education

        allways receives a nice break, on everything from hardware to software.
        • Not always true. Sometimes they have to pay full price. Companies give

          discounts to get people hooked, or to keep them from using cheaper alternatives.
      • Though enterprises can afford it, does not mean that they like to flush

        money down the stool. They could even afford to pay $2,000 per copy as well.
        • They get their

          moneys worth out of it, so they keep buying it.

          At $2,000 per copy ( or any amount more then they were saving by buying it ) they would stop.
          • That isn't true.

            For the vast majority of users, they can get by with AbiWord. They don't even need all the capabilities of Open Office. It is simply entrenched, but as more and more of my colleagues move to it (nobody wants to boot into Windows just to edit/open a word doc) as I keep rolling Mandriva onto their laptops, it becomes more and more apparent that the money might be better used elsewhere.

            Now, we have no IIS handcuffs, so converting is easy.

          • Abiword is FAST to start

            Abiword is maybe the fastest proper word processor to start. On Linux I can be typing within 1.5 seconds on an average box - on starting a second time on the same box, start-up is down to around 1.2 seconds. M$ Wordpad might equal that start-up speed, but none of their word processors comes close. I HATE waiting for Works or Word to start up - massive PITA - can be 10-15 seconds on a security-hobbled XP box.
            Don Collins
      • Can they continue to afford it?

        Maybe I am missing something, but the economy is slumping. If you don't have IIS lock in, OO is certainly an option. You can read my posts above for links. It works extremely well in the corporate environment. Like the links above, it's all I have had since I use Linux 100%.

        As of about a year ago, OO had 15% worldwide marketshare. I doubt is has gone down, but that and the publicity surrounding a free version will make it hard for MS to continue with a $600+ price tag, then all the CALs to tie it into the sharepoint functions in the IIS server. For large enterprises, that is a big chunk of change in economically depressed times.

        I do agree, corporate is the real bread and butter though, and MS is between a rock and a hard place. A very capable free alternative exists. Toss in ODF and GoogleDocs and Symphony, it is not the type of thing MS really wants, open competition.

  • RE: Office Ultimate 2007 for $16,014,000,000,000

    There is probably a catch to the promotion [if it's like last year]. If you buy the $60 edition, it is good for one PC [unsure if it applies to a desktop and a laptop but not used at the same time]. But the retail student edition [comes in that nice big case with nothing in it except a DVD and a little booklet] allows you to install it on 3 different systems [although for roughly 50% extra].
    Gis Bun
  • As if further proof of MS being scared is needed.
    [B]While I'm not much of a desktop Linux cheerleader, I found this news that the Philippines has rolled out 23,000 Linux desktops to schools very interesting, particularly when read in conjunction with commentary from Malaysia.

    The net? Microsoft is heavily subsidizing Windows and Office to keep Linux out, but Linux is proving cheaper ("Microsoft matched the price by offering Windows XP for $US20 a copy and throwing in Office for $US30, but we still came out cheaper") and at least as easy as Windows to use.

    In fact, the cost savings from Linux have been so substantial that the Philippines is rolling out its Linux desktop program beyond the 30,000 existing seats, and was even able to purchase an additional 3,000 seats for government use. The rationale is clear:

    In a brand new computer 50 percent goes to the operating system and office suite, so how many people can afford that?[/B]

    In the end, it's good for consumers, all people will get more for their money. As I wrote here, it is simply a matter of time before MS feels the heat from their lifeblood.