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Topic # 90187 16-Sep-2011 11:13
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My parents' new computer comes with Office 2010 Starter. I'm not sure if they'll need to upgrade from that, but if they do what's the cheapest way to go about that? Key cards seem OK, but the restrictions (1 PC) and the minimal price difference make me think a retail pack is the way to go.

The cheapest price I've seen is $175 for Home and Student (I don't think my parents really need outlook for an extra $100). Is this the best way forward for them?

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  Reply # 521952 16-Sep-2011 13:58
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If the place where either of your parents works has a volume license agreement with Microsoft then they may be eligible for a Office home use license. This costs $10 so is worth investigating.

Otherwise its the student edition 




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  Reply # 522041 16-Sep-2011 15:52
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I have that myself but the folks are semi-retired so that's not going to fly. Good idea though, cheers!

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  Reply # 522042 16-Sep-2011 15:52
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change to LibreOffice - it's free.

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  Reply # 522737 18-Sep-2011 19:54
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The $10 copy allows you to install it twice with the provided key if you haven't already

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  Reply # 522745 18-Sep-2011 20:36
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Personally id avoid Office Starter if I could just because of the adverts inside it on the right-hand pane. They bother me when I see them on other people's laptops a few rows below me in lectures.
Okay, so they are only static ads for other Microsoft products, but still piss me off - couldnt bear them on my own screen.



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  Reply # 522890 19-Sep-2011 09:40
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skewt: The $10 copy allows you to install it twice with the provided key if you haven't already
I have, but even if I hadn't I don't think the license would allow me to install one of those copies at my parents house, would it?

nickb800: Personally id avoid Office Starter if I could just because of the adverts inside it on the right-hand pane. They bother me when I see them on other people's laptops a few rows below me in lectures.
Okay, so they are only static ads for other Microsoft products, but still piss me off - couldnt bear them on my own screen.
I feel the same, but my parents will probably not mind or notice so much. I'm getting them a new 24" screen so all the extra real estate will make up for it I hope. Anyway, if they don't like it we'll just buy Office H&S, but I was just wondering if maybe someone had some tricks to get it cheaper than $175 or so. No point paying more than you need.

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  Reply # 522911 19-Sep-2011 10:31
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I bought the home and student 3 user license, and have used two of them.  I'm keeping the 3rd one for when we get a netbook or something, but I saw other people selling the 3rd license key on trade me.  I don't know how kosher that is though..?

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jonb: I bought the home and student 3 user license, and have used two of them.  I'm keeping the 3rd one for when we get a netbook or something, but I saw other people selling the 3rd license key on trade me.  I don't know how kosher that is though..?


The trouble with that is that it's the same product key being used across the 3 computers. If it turns out one sells the third usage licence to an untrustworthy person, there is the possibility that they could ring up Microsoft and get them to reset the licences and then use it on 3 of their computers.

I'm actually not sure how likely it would be that Microsoft would reset the licences so willingly, but it's certainly a possibility.

Furthermore, the fact that anyone who may buy the extra licence may also on-sell said licence for a further profit.
Yeah, not a great idea in my book.

Given the fact that Microsoft sell Home and Student for around $170 (for three users/installations), I don't see why Microsoft just don't sell a single licence for around $50-60 each.

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  Reply # 522984 19-Sep-2011 12:52
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Isn't microsoft office 2010 student like $99 at the moment?
Believe that includes a 2nd license as well....

http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-nz/default.aspx

Maybe this will help you? - If you have access to an academic buying option?



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  Reply # 523067 19-Sep-2011 15:21
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You have to either be a student or staff at an approved educational institute. While I actually do have the ability to buy that deal, my parents are neither and while it might work, the saving is probably not worth the potential licensing issues. Cheers anyway, pretty good deal if I didn't have access to the HUP!

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  Reply # 523074 19-Sep-2011 15:28
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bazzer: You have to either be a student or staff at an approved educational institute. While I actually do have the ability to buy that deal, my parents are neither and while it might work, the saving is probably not worth the potential licensing issues. Cheers anyway, pretty good deal if I didn't have access to the HUP!


It's actually more restrictive if you look at the qualifying institutes. Mostly Unis and polytechs..




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  Reply # 523122 19-Sep-2011 16:25
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bazzer: You have to either be a student or staff at an approved educational institute. While I actually do have the ability to buy that deal, my parents are neither and while it might work, the saving is probably not worth the potential licensing issues. Cheers anyway, pretty good deal if I didn't have access to the HUP!

It's actually more restrictive if you look at the qualifying institutes. Mostly Unis and polytechs..

I thought the list was pretty generous. I'd have been much more elitist if I'd compiled the list! What is missing off the list that concerns you?

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  Reply # 523127 19-Sep-2011 16:29
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jonb: I bought the home and student 3 user license, and have used two of them.  I'm keeping the 3rd one for when we get a netbook or something, but I saw other people selling the 3rd license key on trade me.  I don't know how kosher that is though..?


Not kosher. You are not supposed to sell the licence. What if this person resells it? When you want to reinstall it you will find out you have reached the limit or that Microsoft has blacklisted the key.

 




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  Reply # 523181 19-Sep-2011 18:47
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bazzer:
old3eyes:
bazzer: You have to either be a student or staff at an approved educational institute. While I actually do have the ability to buy that deal, my parents are neither and while it might work, the saving is probably not worth the potential licensing issues. Cheers anyway, pretty good deal if I didn't have access to the HUP!

It's actually more restrictive if you look at the qualifying institutes. Mostly Unis and polytechs..

I thought the list was pretty generous. I'd have been much more elitist if I'd compiled the list! What?is missing off the list that concerns you?


What about the rest of the education establishment. Colleges and the like..?? Student or teacher..??




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old3eyes:
bazzer:
old3eyes:
bazzer: You have to either be a student or staff at an approved educational institute. While I actually do have the ability to buy that deal, my parents are neither and while it might work, the saving is probably not worth the potential licensing issues. Cheers anyway, pretty good deal if I didn't have access to the HUP!

It's actually more restrictive if you look at the qualifying institutes. Mostly Unis and polytechs..

I thought the list was pretty generous. I'd have been much more elitist if I'd compiled the list! What?is missing off the list that concerns you?

What about the rest of the education establishment. Colleges and the like..?? Student or teacher..??

You mean primary/secondary schools? I guess they are not a priority for Microsoft, or that comes under some other pricing (i.e. general academic pricing?).

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