An Overlooked Bargain?

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The words “bargain” and “Microsoft Office” are usually allergic to each other.

You may be aware that MS is offering a version called “Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003,” which includes Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint for as little as $120.

What you may not be aware of is that provided you meet the qualifications, you can legitimately and legally install this program on up to three home PCs?

What are the qualifications?

You can get the exact details here, but quickly, if:

  • if there is a student/teacher in your household and
  • anybody using the program is not making money by using the program.

    you can put the program on up to three computers for that one price. You don’t have to be a student/teacher to legitimately use the program.

    So if you have a kid doing homework on his PC, and another with a notebook in college, you can put this program on both their machines and then put it on your machine, too (assuming non-commercial use).

    It must also be noted that MS hasn’t exactly hired a militia to hunt down those who stretch these rules.

    Any catches? This isn’t supposed to qualify from cheaper upgrades down the road, but in all honesty, this is not exactly going to bother the average person.

    Do As I Say AND As I Do

    Children and teens are highly sensitive hypocrisy sensors. If you get on their cases for using P2P programs while you’re using a “borrowed” copy of Office, they have a bad habit of noticing that.

    Setting a good example is a lot better than talking a good example.

    This MS offer takes a step which will allow many to go legit as a reasonable cost, and walk the walk in addition to talking the talk.

    It would be nice if MS expanded this program to Windows XP, too

    Email Ed

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