January 21, 2013, 5:08 PM — Office 2013 Professional Plus (the advanced suite which adds Microsoft Access and other programs over the Standard Office version) will cost nearly $500. For hundreds less--just $9.95--you can download the entire suite, as long as you have a qualified email address.
As part of its volume licensing program, Microsoft offers corporations and organizations (including universities) discounted versions of its office suite to home users. All you need is a valid email address with the organization participating in this program. Since lots of government agencies, corporations, and schools are part of the volume licensing program, you might be eligible for this heavily discounted software and just not be aware of it.
Office 2013 Professional Plus (Windows), Office 2010 Professional Plus (Windows), and Office 2011 Home & Business (Mac) are available. You can get a backup disc for $13 (plus tax but no shipping).
If you're an alumni or current student with an .edu email address from a participating university, you should be able to get this discount.
Microsoft has offered this program for quite some time, so this is really just a PSA that the most expensive version of Office 2013 is yours for just ten bucks if your organization supports it. The downloadable software varies quite a bit from the Office 256 subscription and Web Apps versions.
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