We’ve written about the fact that there is a student discount on Microsoft Office 2010 offered directly from Microsoft. However, since that costs $79.95 and only includes one license, meaning it can only be installed on one computer, it may not be the best deal for those that have multiple computers. The best deal instead would be to purchase the Microsoft Office 2010 3 User license pack from stores such as Amazon.com or Newegg.com. It’s better to purchase on the web because then you can avoid taxes in most states, so for instance Amazon.com right now has the 3 user Office 2010 pack for only $104.95 and it has been as low as $99.95, shipping is free and no tax for most states. If you have three people living together and everyone chips in then the cost to each person would be only about $35!
The other benefit of buying the actual disc version is that you get a software package box and actual disc for the install. Many people prefer this to downloading because if you want to use the disc at a later date to install MS Office 2010 on a new computer you buy you don’t have to figure out or remember where you saved the download and license key, it’s right there in a box.
Even if you’re not a student you are eligible to purchase the Office 2010 Home & Student edition, it’s actually targeted for both home and student use. Office 2010 comes with all the core programs most users would need, here’s the list:
- Microsoft Word 2010
- Microsoft Excel 2010
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
- Microsoft OneNote 2010
It does not include the Access 2010 database or Publisher 2010, you have to purchase Office 2010 Professional for that and it costs $400+! So to reiterate, get two good friends or family members together, pony up $35 each and purchase Office 2010 Home and Student 3 user edition from Amazon.com where it is cheapest right now and you get free two-day shipping and you’ll have the best bang for the buck with your purchase of this latest version of Office from Microsoft.