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  Widows Son 00:25 04 Feb 04
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A very interesting article on Pg 44 of issue 104. (In case you have not read it) you can buy the standard version of Office XP for £324 or the Student version for £95 and MS will not check that you’re eligible for this offer.

Now given that very few households would be prepared to pay £324 for software which, although very useful, is not exactly fun. Some may be tempted to fib, or since they are starting down the road of dishonesty, use one of the “cracked” versions which are readily available.

Would it not be a sensible move for MS to offer a “home licence” and make it less of a strain to be legit?

Surely this would encourage manufacturers to bundle Office with home PCs, thereby increasing sales and MS profits – I hear they are short of a few bob!!

  Demora 00:42 04 Feb 04

Just a slight back track here. Sometime ago when MS Office 2000 Professional was the latest version I remember buying the Student version for my eldest daughter. We had an empty box with a cut down version in and a form to fill in. This had to be taken to the 6th form for her head teacher to sign and authenticate with a school/college stamp. then sent to Microsoft. 3 weeks after this we recieved the full 2 cd version of Office 2000 for £90 or so.

I agree home edition would be a great idea BUT just what would they hack out of it?

Demora

  Aspman 13:26 04 Feb 04

You'll find that a lot of manufacturers will bundle microsoft works with new PCs. It's not Word but it is more than good enough for many people. If you can get works suite you will also get Word (or you used to).

  Forum Editor 17:12 04 Feb 04

When I spoke to Microsoft they told me that UK sales of the student version of Office had not rocketed since the qualification check had been removed, so I guess that in addition to being a studious nation we're also an honest one.

  Forum Editor 18:01 04 Feb 04

that I don't have any figures from Microsoft - they are never keen to provide them, and I suppose there's no reason why they should. I can't help feeling that student licence sales must have increased, and Microsoft did say that the scheme was a fantastic success. I imagine it was probably a great success previously, regardless of the removal of the status check.

  researcher 19:54 04 Feb 04

I did wonder about a check. My wife is a teacher and I have bought office 2003 - stores still wanted to see a letter from her school, on-line shops did not.

  Belatucadrus 20:49 04 Feb 04

Some specialist suppliers like Civica will only supply student license packages to people with a .edu institution e-mail address click here or have filled out the relevant application pdf and got it countersigned by a teacher.

  Ranger 21:33 04 Feb 04

FE, I reckon education sales of office will leap after your article :¬)

  bfoc 11:26 05 Feb 04

MS Office Educational is available to:

'Students
Full or part-time student aged five or over enrolled on a course that will deliver an academic qualification publicly recognised by the Department for Education & Skills (DfES).

Parents and guardians
Parents and guardians who have a child who is a qualifying student and wish to buy software for their child's educational use.

Teachers
Full or part-time registered to teach in a school, college or educational establishment recognised by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES)'

It would appear that this is virtually a de facto 'family' edition, except that a family with under 5's and no students would be excluded!

What interested me is that:

'The Student / Teacher edition will include a 'home licence' provision which will allow up to three PCs in the same household to use the software.'

So for circa £90 one can legitimately install it on upto 3 PC's - that really is worth something.

  Widows Son 22:58 05 Feb 04

It does appear to be a compromise for those who feel guilty about using pirated software, but not guilty enough to pay full price.

It does make sound business sense to sell any item for less to anybody who would not have paid the full price providing the price obtained covers the variable costs, and at least some of the fixed costs. Anyway good article – keep it up!

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