The dodgy-looking cheap Microsoft Office offer for students to combat piracy that has set the model for the rest of the world is returning to Australia on October 15. Australian university students will again be able to purchase a copy of Office Ultimate for $75 (same as last time) at the itsnotcheating.com.au website from Monday. Students who already purchased a copy through last year’s program will not be able to purchase an additional copy (no step 4. profit!).
A lot of students last year complained about the large download – at around 500MB, so this year they’ve added the ability to order a CD copy if you require and at a price I assume. From what I have been told, one of the reasons Microsoft has been able to offer this at such a low price is by avoiding media duplication and transport costs, thus I assume this CD won’t come cheap.
I also asked about whether or not Office for Mac will also be included in the offer, but unfortunately it won’t be. The reason is due to technical limitations with the Mac version of Office and the trial conversion feature which this offer relies on.
The Australian offer will run until May 2008, so don’t miss out, again.