Today I’ll tell you how anyone with a .ac.uk email address can save a whole load of cash on Microsoft software. Unlike ‘educational licenced’ software, these products are completely unrestricted; they’re just cheaper for students and staff of UK higher education establishments.
When asked ‘are you a student?’ click Yes, even if you are staff. It’s ok, I’ve checked several times: staff are eligible for this offer. The website splash screen is just poorly worded.
In order to purchase you must use your …@…anglia.ac.uk email address. By default you just get a download link and you have to burn the installers to DVD yourself. If you’d rather have a box, pressed DVD and media then I think you have to pay a little extra.
But either way you’ll save yourself a bundle of cash. Windows 7 Professional will cost you £30 as opposed to £160 and Office 2010 Professional (Academic) for £50 instead of £320. That’s a saving of over 80%.
More savings to come soon for Dell and hopefully IBM.