Monday, September 30, 2013

Microsoft Office for Around $10? You May Be Eligible!

Like most of you, I think that pricing for Microsoft Office is ridiculous. The heavily promoted "Office 365" program makes you pay around $100 a year to use the suite, turning into a huge profit for them and a smaller wallet for you. While you might think that the "Home and Student" version is fine, keep in mind that it's illegal to use it for commercial purposes. Yes, this means that you can't use it to write for your website (if you serve ads), type out a business letter, or work on an important project you brought home from the office.

The "commercial use allowed" versions typically range from $250 to over $500 for a single copy. It's disgusting. I get it.

Now, one thing most people don't realise is that many employers take part in something called the Microsoft Home Use Program. Basically, the program allows businesses to provide their workers with cheap (nearly free) versions of Office to use at home. Many places actually provide this option, namely large enterprises who buy large quantities of Office to install on their thousands of networked computers.


 How does getting Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013, commercial use allowed, for $9.95 (USA) or $11 (Canada) sound? This program typically retails for over $500 if purchased at a store, and contains the following apps:
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
  • Publisher
  • Access
  • InfoPath
  • Lync
I have seen reports that people working at educational instutions, banks, electronics companies, and other large businesses are able to successfully use this program. The easiest way to check your eligibility is to  first visit the HUP website and choose your country. Then, enter your (or your parents' with permission) company assigned email and program code. If you don't know your program code, either talk to your employer or click the "Don't know your program code" button.

Source: Microsoft. Fair use.

Please note that not all companies support this program. If you manage to successfully submit your application, you should be emailed instructions regarding payment. Your product key and download link will be emailed to you soon after.

The best part is that this copy of Office can be used on two computers. For example, you can legally install it on both your desktop and laptop. Both Mac and Windows versions are avaliable.

Yes, it's not free. But $10 is nothing, and paying that measly sum is much better than feeling the blast of guilt every time you open that bootlegged copy of Office.

2 comments:

  1. It is so bad I am not eligible. But thank you for your information anyways. It might helps others, not me though.

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  2. Interesting... this version of office is practically free!

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