Microsoft discounts for students ENDS FEB 29th!

Last Chance to Save on Microsoft Products!

For several years, we have been able to provide students discounts on Mi­crosoft Office and Windows software for home use. (Ex­ample: Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010, retail $499, discounted price $89.95). These discounts have been signifi­cantly less than what you’d find in retail stores. However, Microsoft has announced that all student discounts will end after Feb 29th, 2012. 

If you anticipate needing Mi­crosoft software for your home/ personal computer, order today to insure you get the best price possible. Orders can be placed online by going to   Note: All students can request this pricing, so parents of kindergartners could even order at these prices.

Q1.  Where can I place an order?

Q2.  Who made this decision? Do you think the offer will come back again?
The decision was made by Microsoft.  What we’ve heard from vendors indicates that student discounts will stop – and that any future discounts will not be nearly the quality of discount that is currently available.

Q3. Has the district researched other options that will enable us to continue to provide discounts to students/families?
Yes, we have talked with several distributors – but they are unable to offer student/family discounts as the program was discontinued by Microsoft.

Q4. Are there other alternatives to consider besides Microsoft Office?
Yes, the following alternatives are available…

Option #1)  Use the free online version of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that are available to students through the Microsoft service called Live@EDU.  For more information, visit:

Option #2)  OpenOffice is a free productivity software package that is compatible with Microsoft Office documents.  More information at

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