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The joy of being a student, thank you Microsoft discounts!

Just noticed today that not only does Microsoft still have their "ultimate steal" promotion running for students, $60 for Office Ultimate 2007, but when you buy it you get office 2010 for free! Oh and you can also get Windows 7 Professional for $65.

All you need is a university email address you can confirm belongs to you by responding to an email confirmation. I have heard Microsoft isn't doing very much monitoring of this and when I bought my Windows 7 really all they did was send an email to the college email address I gave them. Enjoy!

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One downside for Microsoft...

Many universities are handing out .edu email addresses to alumni, making the process of validating an individual as a qualifying student increasingly problematic. Yes, this has always been an issue since the individual could be a current professor, groundskeeper, etc, so Microsoft and other companies usually just take their word on it. But it's quickly expanding so that anyone that has ever gone to college has access and can give his/her word that he/she is a qualifying student.

Hopefully an alternative validation process is found before Microsoft and others are forced to abandon such student discount programs. At least one company has cited such issues as a reason for restructuring its operations as it was designed specifically and exclusively for students at participating universities.


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