Microsoft encourages college students to steal Microsoft Office ’07

September 12, 2007

Microsoft encourages college students to steal Microsoft OfficeAs if college students didn’t already have enough of a reason to "illegally" install Microsoft office, Microsoft is now encouraging them to steal their software. But there’s a catch…

Microsoft’s definition of "steal" doesn’t have much of anything to do with theft or software piracy. Cnet reports that Microsoft is launching a promotion called the "Ultimate Steal", which offers college students the opportunity to buy the Ultimate edition of Office 2007 for only $60.

Perhaps this Microsoft’s attempt to get the majority of college students to buy Office as opposed to pirating it. As a college student, I don’t know if I know anybody who has actually bought Office. It’s value to students is nearly priceless, but most people that I know usually get the software through piracy, a legal install from a friend/family member, or it came on their computer.

It’s no doubt that college students aren’t willing to pay hundreds of dollars to get office when they can get it for free, illegal as it may turn out to be, so I commend Microsoft for waking up to the notion that they need to charge a reasonable price for this software. Otherwise, people just won’t be tempted to buy it.

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