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Question On Academic Price Of Office Software


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#1 Izzy

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Posted 30 June 2006 - 10:45 PM

a friend is currently bidding on a Brand New Office XP Standard "Academic" from Ebay, can anyone use that software? It's a quastion i wondered about also? As i have never seen a straight answer.

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 01:29 AM

Hi Izzy, the teacher and student editions and the Academic editions are intended to be used by well... teachers and students.

Here is the relevant section from Office XP's EULA:

Academic Edition Software. If the Software Product is identified as "Academic Edition" or "AE," You must be a "Qualified Educational User" to use the Software Product. If You are not a Qualified Educational User, You have no rights under this EULA. To determine whether You are a Qualified Educational User, please contact the Microsoft Sales Information Center/One Microsoft Way/Redmond, WA 98052-6399 or the Microsoft subsidiary serving Your country.


While the EULA does not spell out exactly what a "Qualified Educational User" is, this old article from CNET does:

Any student, including those in kindergarten through grade 12 or those being home schooled, technically qualify for the discount. Higher-education students and faculty also are eligible to buy the software.


http://news.com.com/Back+to+school+for+Off...1_3-954779.html

Unless your friend is a student he/she does run a risk that if Microsoft ever found out that they were not eligible to buy it at the time of purchase they could rescind the license to that copy of the software. Your friend would not be guilty of pirating the software because they did purchase it but they would have broken the EULA by using the software in a manner that it was not intended for. Considering that Microsoft choose to offer these editions for sale at retail stores where no one is going to check for a student ID before selling it to you instead of just selling it through the schools I truly can't say if they would rescind the license or not but the risk does exist.

While these editions are really great deals (I purchased my Office XP Professional for only $200.00 while in college, compared to $500.00 retail) they do have one glaring draw back:

from the CNET link;
The academic version cannot be upgraded to the nonacademic version.


When a person finally decides to upgrade to a new Office version they cannot just purchase an upgrade version, they will have to buy the full fledged product or purchase another Academic version and live with the possibility of Microsoft rescinding the softwares license.

Edited by Ronbo, 01 July 2006 - 01:33 AM.

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#3 Izzy

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 04:17 AM

so if you were at school or whatever that fits the qualifying part of academic, you can use the software like that. so can you continue to use it, if you were no longer a student like completed school, colledge etc?

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 03:59 PM

The qualifications are for purchase, not use. There is always the option of using OpenOffice.org for your officesuite; this is open source, MS file compatible, and absolutely free.
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