Software4Students: Am I Eligible?



Software4Students launched in 2007
with help from Microsoft
The Key Facts About Eligibility.

1. All School, College, University students and their family members are eligible!

2.No Student ID required for Microsoft Software*:As an Official Microsoft Partner, our offers extend beyond academic email address holders so that any family member or guardian can buy on behalf of a pupil or student.

*All licensee's must be Qualified Education Users (i.e. students or their parents or guardians)

3. You receive Full Professional version software at an academic price for lifetime use at home only.

4. Microsoft have linked to us from their site - because you may think this is too good to be true. Thousands of customers can confirm this is the real deal.

5. Strict licensing restrictions from Microsoft means that each student is only entitled to purchase ONE software license of each product.

6. Pay Less, Get More. And if you have any problems with your transaction our support team are on hand to help:



We want your feedback!

Microsoft helped to establish this discount program so that students of all ages could benefit from their software. Normal prices are generally aimed at companies and obviously not at students or home users!

The more positive feedback we get from schools, parents and students, the more testimonials we can pass onto Microsoft to show that this scheme works and is worth maintaining.

So if you've enjoyed buying cheap software from us, let us know:

Happy Bargain Hunting!


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Software4Students VIP Treatment Competition Terms and Conditions


1. Software4Students invite you to participate in the 'Software4Students VIP Treatment' competition (the "Competition"). By entering the Competition, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. A failure to adhere to these terms and conditions shall result in immediate disqualification from the Competition and the forfeiture of any prize.
2. The Competition is organised and hosted by Software4Students (the "Promoter").
3. The Competition is only open to entry for individuals who are aged 16 years and over (proof of age may be required) and reside in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. No syndicates or groups will be allowed to enter the Competition.
4. To enter the Competition each participant ("Participant(s)") must:
    a. Visit or (the "website");
    b. Register on the website;
    c. Read and accept these terms and conditions of entry.
5. The Competition commences on 03 May 2011 and runs until the closing date of the Competition on 03 June 2011 (the "Closing Date").
6. No purchase of any product is necessary to enter the Competition. The Participant may enter the Competition on the website free of charge.
7. Participants will be solely responsible for ensuring that any contact details provided are complete and accurate.
8. Unless otherwise specified, the winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries received before the closing date.
9. Other than death or personal injury arising from the acts or omissions of Software4Students or its employees, Software4Students will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winner's (or their guest's) enjoyment of the prize.
10. The winner is required to arrange their own transport to the venue.
11. Incorrect, incomplete, illegible or late entries will be invalid and will not be accepted for entry to the Competition. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of Participants and check their identity. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost or delayed, whether due to technical difficulties affecting electronic communication or otherwise.
12. By registering on the website, the Participant irrevocably confirms that the Promoter has full permission to communicate with the Participant.
13. The Main Prize is as stated and they are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged. No cash or credit alternatives will be offered. If due to circumstances beyond the Promoter's control, the Promoter is unable to provide the stated Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to award as substitute a prize of equal value.
14. The Winning Participant will be notified by the Promoter by email on or after 03 June 2011 and in any event by no later than 10 June 2011. The winner must confirm acceptance of his or her prize when contacted. Prizes will be despatched to winners within 28 days from the date that the Promoter receives confirmation of acceptance of the prize from the winner.
15. The Promoter at its sole discretion and at any time has the right to select an alternative winner of the Prize in the event that the Promoter cannot contact a winner after a reasonable amount of time or believes that a winning Participant has contravened any of these terms and conditions.
16. By accepting their Prize, the winner grants the Promoter the right to use and publish his/her name and county of residence in such media as the Promoter may choose, including on the website or social media channels, for advertising and/or promotional purposes. If requested by the Promoter, the winners must agree to take part in any publicity regarding their prize, free of charge.
17. The Promoter may modify these terms and conditions at any time without notice to Participants by posting revised terms and conditions on the Site. Any such changes or modifications shall become effective immediately upon posting. It is the Participants' responsibility to periodically check for any modifications to these terms and conditions.
18. The Promoter reserves the right to vary, cancel, postpone or modify the Competition at any time and for whatever reason and/or amend or withdraw this Competition in whole or in part at any time.
19. Employees or contractors of the Promoter or its associated companies and agencies or companies otherwise connected to this Competition may not enter the Competition (this prohibition extends to immediate family members of any of the prohibited persons referred to above and to individuals who become prohibited persons during the course of the Competition).
20. The prizes are provided on an "AS IS" basis, without any express or implied warranty of any kind. Except where prohibited by law, in no event is the Promoter or any third party supplier of the Promoter responsible for any direct, incidental, special, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages of any character, or any other losses, costs, or expenses of any kind (including legal fees, expert fees, or other disbursements) arising from the Competition and/or use of any prize including without limitation damages for loss of goodwill, computer failure or malfunction and all other commercial damages or losses.
21. Although the information and materials contained on the website are based upon up-to-date information, and while the Promoter makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that all material on the website is correct, accuracy cannot be guaranteed and the Promoter makes no warranties or representations as to its accuracy.
22. The Promoter at its sole discretion and at any time has the right to do any of the following, without notice and without any liability whatsoever,: (i) to modify or change the website page, and any applicable policies or terms; and (iii) to discontinue, temporarily or permanently this website page including the Competition, with or without prior notice to Participants.
23. The Promoter shall not be liable in respect of any non-performance of its obligations by reason of any act of God, civil war or strife, hostilities, act of foreign enemy, invasion, war, satellite failure, legal enactment, governmental order or regulation or any other cause beyond its respective control.
24. By entering the Competition and registering your name and email address and registering any other personal information, you expressly consent to the processing of your personal information by the Promoter for the purposes of the Competition, managing the Competition or publicity associated with the Competition (including future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any and all global media without further consent or payment) or administering a prize where applicable.
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26. Participants may direct any question or concerns regarding this Competition by e-mail to

Which Office suite is for me? Comparing Home and Student to Professional versions, Part 1


Office 2007 logo

As a student, you've probably been advised to purchase Office Home and Student, but why would you want office software that doesn't have an email package? Would you buy a car with no windscreen wipers? While it may look good, and seem perfect in the showroom, when you finally take it for a test-drive, it's obvious it's not the complete package.

What use is a car with no wipers? And what use is Office software without Excel? You might as well have a tyre missing. So why are these three versions better? Well, let's compare them.

Comparing the Microsoft Office Software Suites 1: Office Home and Student 2007

Office Home and Student is just one step above Office Basic. Its contents are few, and are, as follows:
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2007

While it's not a bad package, there definitely isn't enough in it to merit long-term use.

Comparing the Office Suites 2: Office Standard 2007

Office Standard is exactly what is what it says on the tin: the standard package. It contains all the essential items, such as that well-needed email program, Outlook 2007.

  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007

Standard is a great little suite, and has been one of the most popular Microsoft products for many years now. Even as far back as Office 97!

Comparing the Office Suites 3: Office Professional Plus 2007

Here is where things really get interesting. Professional Plus has everything Standard has, plus a lot more. Perhaps the stand-out product in this batch is Microsoft Office Publisher, which is of great use to many students.

  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2007
  • Microsoft Office Access 2007
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007

There's a lot of products in there; Professional Plus is bound to appeal to students young and old.

Comparing the Office Suites 4: Office Enterprise 2007

Microsoft Office Enterprise is up there with Office Ultimate as the best of all the Office Suites. It has everything you could possibly need as a student (or a parent). It's only missing Office Accounting Express 2008, but makes up for this by having Office Communicator 2007, which is not part of the Ultimate package.

  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2007
  • Microsoft Office Access 2007
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007
  • Microsoft Office Groove 2007
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007

When you compare prices, it's obvious which is better: Enterprise or Ultimate.

So now you know what each package contains, you'll need to select which product is right for you. Therefore you have to know what each piece does. These are explained in Part 2.

Continue to Which Office suite is for me? Comparing Home and Student to Professional versions, Part 2.

Which Office suite is for me? Comparing Home and Student to Professional versions, Part 2

Now that you've read Which Office suite is for me? Comparing Home and Student to Professional versions, Part 1, you'll need to know exactly what each element does. How can you decide whether you want Office Enterprise or Professional Plus if you don't know what Office Groove 2007 does? Here is a brief description of each piece of software, and how it will help you with your studies.

Office Word 2007

At this stage everyone must know what Word is. It's word processing software that allows you to write everything from letters to theses. One handy new feature of Word 2007 is that the word count is automatically displayed at the bottom of the screen, so you know how close you are to finishing that essay at every step along the way!

Office Excel 2007

Excel is a spreadsheet application, with which you can make calculations, tables, graphs, and sort out your accounts. With Excel 2007, it's easier to implement formulae into your spreadsheets, making Maths homework a lot easier! The new Excel can support a mesmerizing 562,932,773,552,128 characters. I don't think any of us could fill a spreadsheet that much!

Office PowerPoint 2007

Office PowerPoint is used for presentations and slideshows. With more and more teachers and lecturers requiring presentations as well as essays, this is a must-have for all students. It is easy to use, and will distract your listeners from your nervousness! In PowerPoint 2007, it's easier than ever to create charts and graphs. You're bound to impress your classmates, and your teachers.

Office Outlook 2007

Office Outlook is mainly a mail client, and is not a part of Office Home and Student! It is packaged with each of the versions we sell, and is an essential piece of kit. Not only does it let you easily sort and store emails from many different accounts (even your Gmail, Hotmail, or account), but it also has a calendar feature, as well as a contacts manager/address book. One of the great new features is the To-Do bar, which means you'll never lose track of assignments.

Office Publisher 2007

Microsoft Office Publisher is a different product to Office Word. Rather than being a stand-alone text creation and word processing application, Publisher focuses more on the layout and design aspects of your work. It features hundreds of different templates with which you can make anything from newsletters to emails. Many students use it for school projects, as well as making their essays and assignments look much more glamorous.

Office Access 2007

Access is a database management system, with which you can keep track of many different things such as contacts, events, projects, and more. With Access 2007, you can easily import Excel spreadsheets as well as your contacts from Outlook, allowing you to keep tabs on everything!

Office InfoPath 2007

Office InfoPath is used to collect data and complete forms. It's especially handy if you have to create a survey for a school project, as the information collected is collated automatically, however you choose. With InfoPath, you can easily integrate a survey form into your website.

Office Groove 2007

Office Groove is the perfect software to combine all your efforts when working as part of a team. Many college students (and secondary school ones too) are given assignments in groups to encourage team-work, and mass-participation. When one person updates a document, everyone else's is automatically updated. With Groove 2007, it's even easier to update team projects offline.

Office OneNote 2007

Fed up having post-it notes stuck to everything? Office OneNote is the way forward. It effortlessly keeps track of your notes, and is easy to search allowing you to easily find something you thought you'd never need again. With OneNote 2007, you can drag-and-drop notes from the internet, and also integrate it with Outlook. Who needs copy books?

Office Communicator 2007

Office Communicator is Microsoft's replacement for Windows Messenger. It's much better than Windows Messenger and allows students (and others) to keep contact through Instant Messaging and even Video Conferencing. Parents please note: it'll save a fortune on phone bills!


Now that you know what all the products do, you can now proceed to purchase one of the Office Suites: