We have been working on this for a while, and it has finally arrived. Yesterday we announced the availability of Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for UK Higher Education students, as a download, for £38.95.

The headline summary is:

It's a time-limited offer available to students with a email address as a digital download, containing the full Ultimate package.

This is a pilot in a limited number of countries - UK, US, Canada, Spain, Italy and France - and it's good news that the UK is in the pilot. Most UK students think that Office costs £000's of pounds, and aren't very aware of the lower cost licences that have been available (for example, under the Select licence), so this makes it easier for them to buy a legitimate copy easily and cost-effectively.

We're not going to spend lots of money advertising this - for one thing, it is only available to students with a email address, and so putting adverts all over the media isn't going to work. But we will be doing some on-campus promotions at some universities, using email to students, and many universities have already asked for posters and emails to send to their own students.

If you'd like to get some posters, flyers, or want to check what you can email to your students, drop a line to Ceri Morriss in our HE team We're just about to post an email which you could use to let your students know about the offer. It's only a suggestion - you can use it or write your own to meet the needs of your specific student body!

We're getting a few basic queries by email. Can I ask you to add them as comments on this blog instead, and we'll (a) guarantee to answer them more speedily and (b) we'll both be helping everybody by answering your questions publicly.

All of the details are on the offer's website:

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