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My new laptop came with what I learned is a trial version of Office 2007. There is a CD included--with OneNote! Of course, the key doesn't work for Office. So I am slowly using up my 25 runs.

I just bought MS Office Professional Plus 2007 on a student discount ... for $60! I had no idea such a thing was possible. Something just seems crazy about the idea of charging the average user $400 and giving institutions fat volume discounts that they can pass on to affiliated people. I'm glad to get the discount, but it's just bizarre. I think I may buy another copy for my other computer while I have the opportunity.

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nabba
Apr. 27th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
I think it's crazy. Just for the WP program is $40... I'm gonna have to do it but I may ask my friend if she has a code I can use.
If the government hadn't forced Microsoft to put out Vista - cause let's face it, XP was FINE!! - then there wouldn't be all these issues. I like the Vista though, at least what I have on my laptop. I just don't like that you have to spend more to have anything more than basic
jenandbronze
Apr. 27th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
At my college bookstore, they are selling office 2007 for 99 bucks, and the actual price is over 800 bucks! I am tempted to buy it, although I've been using 2003 for so long! (When I first started school and my parents bought it for me at Staples!)
fairy_grrl
Apr. 27th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
We used Open Office at home forever. It's open source, which means it's free. And it's totally compatible to Microsoft Office. However, my sister installed Office on my computer not too long ago.

Microsoft is evil.
3kitties
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
OpenOffice
I should evaluate this to see how well it works with screen readers.
awallens
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
I love the student discounts, but know what you mean.
rnb_capricorn
Apr. 27th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yep, they do the student discount thing at one of our local universities here too. My cousin got her version of office that way.

As for the one with your computer with the key that doesn't work, you might call either microsoft or your computer company, because my mother had the same problem with my grandma's computer, and come to find out, when she called, apparently there were quite a few numbers issued that didn't work. So the woman on the other end of the phone wasn't surprised at all and gave my mother a new number with no hastle. But if you already have office professional, I guess you dont need this huh?

You're right though that it's crazy that most people have to pay in upwards of $400 while others can get the product for dirt cheap. Eat it up while you can!
susiev
Apr. 27th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
WOW. I would totally buy it at that price!

Great deal!
my_pen
Apr. 27th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Office Professional Plus for $60?! Wow!! Yes, no!! Nothing is wrong with this picture!! Buy another one while you have the chance, and let everyone else keep the incentive to get back to school. . .right??!!

**looks around for tomatoes to be hammered in my direction**

Ok.

So . . . well. . .I'm so glad you didn't have to fork out a fortune!!
brighid0704
Apr. 28th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
I got a discount on Office too. I paid like $30 for it.
3kitties
Apr. 28th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Wow!
It's actually kind of good to read this. I was a little paranoid that I was buying the wrong thing because it was so cheap.
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