Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit recently announced a new special for students with Mac computers looking to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office software. As of now, U.S. college and graduate students can save more than 70% off the retail price for the Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition. This more extensive collection of office tools includes Web Services Edition, Document Connection for Mac with SharePoint support, and exclusive themes and graphics in addition to the standard Office programs Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage.
Given Microsoft’s plans to include SharePoint in the Live@edu program as of next year, the Business Edition’s SharePoint support is sure to come in handy. Colleges participating in Live@edu will let students create, host, and edit their documents “in the cloud” using Office Web Applications or they can be saved and worked on offline using Office desktop software. When files are ready to be shared with classmates or teachers, they can then be added to the appropriate Sharepoint sites.
Students who are non-Mac users aren’t out of luck for getting a bargain, too - they can find discounts from Microsoft and other retailers on the Microsoft Students page.