How to get discounted or free Microsoft software

Being a higher education student has some benefits (aside from partying), one of them is that you get Microsoft software at reduced or no cost to you. In most cases all you need to prove eligibility is an email address ending with .edu.

Here are your options:

The Ultimate Steal

Meant to promote Microsoft software to students The Ultimate Steal offers cheap upgrades and complete versions of Microsoft products. Visit The Ultimate Steal.

Software available:

  • Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007
  • Microsoft Vista Ultimate upgrade
  • Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Office Language Pack 2007


DreamSpark provides a wide variety of Micrososft software(server and design tools) to both high school and higher education students. Asides from having to be a student you will need a Windows Live ID. Visit DreamSpark.

Software avaiable:
Just to name a few.

  • Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2
  • SQLServer 2008 Developer
  • Express Studio 3


Is a Microsoft program available to academic organizations, mainly colleges and universities, although there is also a high school version. The participating schools pay an annual fee for the MSDNAA service, in exchange for which, applicable departments (computer science, computer engineering, information technology, and related fields of that organization) as well as students and faculty can acquire licensed copies of Microsoft software such as Microsoft Windows, Visual Studio and other products.

Consult with your school to see if they participate in the program. Visit MSDNAA.


For a limited time Microsoft is offering an upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional for only $30 USD. The offer will only be valid till January 3, 2010. Visit