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  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal student offer – marketing materials for students

    Yesterday, I wrote about the Ultimate Steal offer, and the two key reasons to mention it to students before June (the price goes up with Office 2010, but if they buy now they get a no-cost upgrade to Office 2010 as part of our Tech Guarantee programme). UK students have some of the highest rates of usage...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 for students – via the Ultimate Steal

    Each year we run a special offer (called The Ultimate Steal ) on Microsoft Office, only for Higher & Further education students and staff who have a .ac.uk email address. It allows them to buy the software directly from Microsoft, and make a big saving on the equivalent retail price. As we get closer...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal – Office 2007 which magically turns into Office 2010

    Hopefully, you already know about The Ultimate Steal , which is our special student offer on Office 2007. It allows your students to buy Office 2007 Ultimate for just £38.95. And because it is the Ultimate edition, they will get absolutely the whole Office suite in one neat package*. So students can...
  • Blog Post: Website hosting for students for a pound a month

    Students get lots of offers all of the time – but many of those are based on ‘lifestyle’ things – food, drinks, trips. So I thought it was worth sharing this news – that we’ve put together an offer for your students that could well set them up for their careers. With 123-reg.co.uk we’ve put two sets...
  • Blog Post: Special Student Deals on Office and Windows

    You know what it’s like – you have a brilliant plan, and then something gets in the way. And this term, we’d hatched a brilliant plan to launch our Ultimate Steal offer on the International Talk Like a Pirate Day . Which is why we went with a nice Piratey theme for the launch. Oh, how we were going to...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate student offer ends soon

    You probably have heard about the Ultimate Steal before. It’s the offer where students with a .ac.uk email address can buy a copy of Office 2007 Ultimate edition, for £38.95 UK students have some of the highest rates of usage of Microsoft Office in the world, and also one of the highest rates of ‘mis...
  • Blog Post: Lowest cost Office 2007 – Bulk order under Home Use Programme for staff

    This could be part of a “things you wish you’d heard about earlier…” series. If you’re working within a UK university, then it’s almost guaranteed that your university has signed a Microsoft Campus Agreement , and that this applies to YOU! The deal, in a nutshell, is that you can place a bulk order,...
  • Blog Post: Getting a new computer at Christmas

    Santa Claus is coming – and this year he’s going to have to cope with the credit crunch! There will still be loads of PCs bought this Christmas, and given the offers by retailers at the moment, there will be some great deals around. It might be a good time to remind your students & staff that they...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal Q & A

    I’ve had a few questions recently about the Ultimate Steal promotion – where students & staff with a “.ac.uk” email address can buy Office 2007 Ultimate for £38.95 for home use. Working on the assumption that other people are interested in the same questions, here’s my answers to the Ultimate Steal...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal – Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man

    Whoops – when I wrote about the Ultimate Steal ( Office 2007 Ultimate Edition for £38.95, only for students ) I said it was open to all UK students who have a .ac.uk email address ( and staff too). Of course, I’d forgotten something – we have also added Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students and...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal offer for OU students

    When I wrote about the Ultimate Steal, I said it was for university students and staff with a .ac.uk email address. There’s also a requirement that if you’re a Higher Education student, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate level course. And although that was straightforward for most...
  • Blog Post: Letting your students know about the Ultimate Steal

    Last year, quite a few universities asked us for materials that they could use to let their students know about the Ultimate Steal offer ( Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95 ). And universities and colleges including Bristol , Kent , Stirling , Queens University Belfast , Salford , QMU Edinburgh , Bradford...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal is back

    The moment you’ve been waiting for? Last year we ran a promotion called “The Ultimate Steal”, which offered a full copy of Office 2007 Ultimate Edition to students for £38.95. And, finally, it’s back! In a nutshell, The Ultimate Steal is: A time-limited offer available to your university...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed arrives again - 3rd to 7th November

    Time to start being nice to the people that sign off your professional development budget? (I know, you always are…) Tech Ed (also previously known as IT Forum) is in Barcelona again this year on the 3rd to the 7th November, and the agenda and registration information has just been released. ...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Mistake

    The mistake has been there for over three weeks. And I’ve only just noticed it. This morning, at half past ten, I noticed that the Ultimate Steal’s countdown clock (on www.theultimatesteal.co.uk ), which is supposed to count down to the moment when the offer closes, is counting down to the wrong day...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal – just five days left for students and staff

    You can’t have failed to miss the offer we’ve been running for university students and staff – Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95 – on www.theultimatesteal.co.uk You may have missed the looming deadline – it closes on Wednesday night next week – so there are just five days to go We’ve seen a rush of people...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - Guernsey, Jersey and the IoM

    I forgot to blog this last month. If you're a student in a Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man college with an email address ending in ‘.ac.uk’, ‘ac.im’, ‘ac.gg’ or ‘ac.je’ then you're now eligible for the Ultimate Steal offer ( Office 2007 Ultimate edition for £38.95 ). You'll have to act quickly - the...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - Staff now eligible

    With only three weeks to go, I can imagine this blog post could create some howls...but better late than never (even if the offer is only open for 3 weeks). We have just managed to convince all the powers-that-be that staff should also qualify for the Ultimate Steal . Until today, if members of staff...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - just 22 days to go

    The Ultimate Steal offer for students, closes in just 22 days on 30th April. Which means that by the time students get back from their break, they'll have just a few days to buy themselves a legal copy of the latest and most comprehensive version of Office 2007 for £38.95. If you're one of the universities...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal - 36 days until the end

    The countdown to the end of the Ultimate Steal student offer has started. The deal (Office 2007 Ultimate edition for £38.95) ends at the end of April. Lots of students have used the deal to get their own (legal) copy of Office ( our earlier research says most students use MS Office, but few paid for...
  • Blog Post: SkyDrive - 5GB of free storage

    I like SkyDrive. Before it was invented, I used to have to load any files I wanted to share onto an FTP site somewhere, and then write clunky links to them. Now, I just drag my files onto my SkyDrive , and then provide a nice graphical link to them, like this: But up until now, it's been called Windows...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal Update - PayPal

    There are some new changes to the the Ultimate Steal website (Office 2007 Ultimate for students, for £38.95, only available online). One of the most significant is that we now accept PayPal (and since we switched that on, it appears to be a popular method). When students buy their new laptops, before...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal Update

    There are some new changes to the the Ultimate Steal website (Office 2007 Ultimate for students, for £38.95, only available online). One of the most significant is that we now accept PayPal (and since we switched that on, it appears to be a popular method). When students buy their new laptops, before...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - Office 2007 offer Update

    We've made a few changes to the Ultimate Steal website (Office 2007 Ultimate for students, for £38.95), all of which are good news. Here's what we've done: Added the Backup DVD option to the ordering options To be honest, we have been trying to put this here ever since launch, but some technical glitches...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal - More Students Qualify

    You may recall that the criteria for students purchasing the Ultimate Steal promotion was that they should have a .ac.uk email address, and a 1/2 course load. Although that made a lot of sense in some countries, in the UK we have a more complex model of Higher Education than some, so we've worked on...
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