Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET's expert staff finds the best discounts and price drops from reputable sellers on a regular basis. If you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


Get Microsoft Office Pro for $30, and a free Excel training course

Get a lifetime Microsoft Office Pro license for one of the lowest prices we've seen.
Written by Alison DeNisco Rayome, Managing Editor

Buy a lifetime Microsoft Office license for a super low price, and get free training courses in Excel and other Office apps.


Ready to advance to the next level of Office? For a limited time, StackSocial is offering a deal for a lifetime license to Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for just $30. With this deal, the professional software suite -- which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams (free version), OneNote, Publisher, Access, and Skype for Business -- comes bundled with a free training course, to help you advance your Office skills, including for Excel and Powerpoint. The $30 price tag is a whopping 87% off what you'd normally pay for this version of Office.

This deal, offered through an official Microsoft partner, is good for downloading Microsoft Office Pro onto one computer. Two additions make the Pro version a strong choice for a business user: Publisher, a desktop publishing app that lets you create marketing materials and publications, and Access, a database management system for organizing and analyzing data. 

There is a caveat, similar to that for StackSocial's deal on the personal version of Microsoft Office 2021: While this offer is for "lifetime" access to Office Pro, it is possible that Microsoft could end the license. But the Microsoft Office 2021 deal has been running for over a year, and the license of it that I bought for my personal MacBook last year is still working. You also won't get the benefits of the latest Microsoft Office 365 subscription -- but you won't have to pay at least $8 a month in subscription fees to access the same Office Pro apps, either. 

The training bundle included with your purchase is aimed at users who have limited experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. It includes 25 hours of content, covering beginner to advanced lessons for the apps included in the Office Pro suite. You can study VLOOKUP and XLOOKUP in Excel for quick data management, PowerPoint tools, and basic operations in Word, among other things. All course content is available for you to keep, and a certificate of completion is available after you finish the course. 

This deal could disappear at any time, so don't wait to buy your Microsoft Office Pro 2021 license now. 

Editorial standards