the ultimate steal

Microsoft is doing all they can to stop people from pirating their software, especially students. College students today are more tech savvy than ever, and a good handful know how to go about getting software like Microsoft Office 2007 illegally.  Sure, it may take them some time to download the software and find a crack, but they do it willingly because it’s free. And when you’re a college student, free is good. That’s why college students are the focus of Microsoft’s effort to curb piracy by offering them a copy of Office Ultimate 2007 for just $59 bucks. It’s quite the steal, and the program starts today.

Microsoft has an official website setup for it at where they currently have a countdown displayed until the program launches at 1:00 PM PDT. If you want, there’s also the option of entering in your email address so that you can get notified when it launches. Considering Office Ultimate 2007 is priced at $500, this really is the ultimate steal for students.

Unfortunately this deal isn’t available to students globally. The Ultimate Steal program from Microsoft is only offered to students with a valid email address from their institution in the United States, Canada, and the UK.  Starting September 20th, it will also be offered in France, Italy, and Spain. Microsoft originally experimented with the program in Australia where they had a lot of positive feedback. The promotion ends on April 30th, 2008 which means students have a good 7+ months to get in on this offer.

So for $59, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Access
  • Publisher
  • OneNote
  • Groove
  • InfoPath

Get your Ultimate Steal here if you’re a student with a valid email address.