With the loss of student-focused 'Equipt' which seemed to die just before it was really getting started, the company was aware that students were an important market to impress and have finally followed suit.
One worry though is that the price of the academic edition will rise from the standard, non-discounted version due to the increase in applications it provides. While it is solely for academic use, there is nothing physically stopping the less social-economically viable users purchasing it.
I will sleep tonight a very happy chappy. What do you think? A good move on the part of Microsoft or is this an ancient Trojan horse promotion hiding something rather sinister?