Affordable Microsoft Office Software

You are likely familiar with most of the Microsoft Office products already. Several Office packages are available that contain some or all of the following: Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Publisher and Access. These packages range in price from about $400 to $500. They are not very affordable for the typical household, but Microsoft has a special Office package you may not be so familiar with.

Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003 is sold specifically for educational use. It includes Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point. The only options it does not include are Publisher and Access though those products are available separately in Academic versions. The best part about the Student and Teacher Edition is the price. You can purchase it at the local retailers for about $150 and a little less at Sam's Club.

There are licensing restrictions with the Student and Teacher Edition though. According to Microsoft's web site, you must be one of the following:

1. A full-time or part-time student currently enrolled at an accredited K-12 education institution organized and operated exclusively for the purpose of teaching its students.

2. A K-12 student under the age of 18 attending a legally recognized home-schooling program.

3. A full-time or part-time student who has completed K-12 educational requirements and is enrolled and taking at least six credit hours in an accredited institution of higher education.

4. A full-time or part-time faculty or staff member of an accredited educational institution, working at least 20 hours a week and who has duties related primarily to the education of the institution's students.

5. A household member of a person who qualifies.

Also, Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003 cannot be used for any commercial or revenue-generating purpose.

To make up for all those restrictions, they did throw in one nice thing. You can install it on up to three computers in your home. Not bad for $150. So no more borrowing the Office CD from your friend or neighbor. You can afford your own.