Ultimate Steal – Staff now eligible

With only three weeks to go, I can imagine this blog post could create some howls...but better late than never (even if the offer is only open for 3 weeks).

We have just managed to convince all the powers-that-be that staff should also qualify for the Ultimate Steal. Until today, if members of staff in your university wanted a copy of Office, they could either buy the "Home & Student" version in a shop/online (at about £80-90), or use Home User Rights (if you allowed them, and you'd both agreed to the terms), or various other convoluted routes. But now we've managed to get the lawyers and licensing teams to agree to include staff into the Ultimate Steal offer.

What does this mean?

Staff can now purchase, for their own use at home, a copy of Office 2007 Ultimate Edition, for £38.95, via www.theultimatesteal.co.uk

What's the qualifying criteria?

The lawyers insisted there should be some qualifying criteria (after all, they argued, what happens if somebody is employed as a tea lady - do they qualify?) and so we created some with them. Hopefully it is easy for all of your staff to qualify - including the tea lady. There are just two simple criteria:

1. Staff must hold a valid email address at a UK, Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man educational institution, ending in either ‘.ac.uk’, ‘ac.im’, ‘ac.gg’ or ‘ac.je’.


2. You must be employed at an education institution geographically located in the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, for at least an average of 8 hours per week or 4 teaching hours per week

Do we have to do anything?

Nothing other than letting your staff know they've got 3 weeks (and counting) to take advantage of the offer - it closes on 30th April. If you want an email template, take a look at this post

Comments (11)

  1. John says:

    Will there be an apple mac version?

  2. Dominic says:

    Hi John, there is a Mac version for Office, it’s Mac Office 2008 but this is not available through the Ultimate Steal.  You could look for some partner deals such as:



  3. David Buckley says:

    Hello Dom,

    What are the terms-and-conditions under which this can be used by staff – for example, University business only?



  4. sara eyre says:

    I’d like to know what next years students will be able to buy. Something that runs for one year only makes advertising to prospective students a nonsense.

  5. Ray Fleming says:

    Hi Sara,

    We don’t know yet whether we’ll be able to run a similar offer next year. It would be great to, and we hope to, but won’t be able to confirm until we’re nearly ready to launch it.


  6. Ray Fleming says:

    David – re your query re staff use.

    The licence is the same as a fully packaged product (we call it Academic FPP), which means you can use it in the same way as if you went out and bought a normal version in a shop.


  7. Dominic says:

    Hi David – thanks for getting in touch – how’s Vista going?


  8. John says:

    Why is the deal not available to Mac Users?

  9. Ray Fleming says:

    Sorry John, but the Mac version was released too late for us to include it in the programme. However, you can get the Mac version at academic prices from our online education licence partners for students, like http://www.software4students.co.uk/Microsoft_Office_2008_for_Mac-details.aspx

    (And, I notice, it’s on £35.89, including media – that’s a better deal than Ultimate Steal for the Mac version!)


  10. John Rogers says:

    Just wondered how many PC’s can be legitimately loaded with this software – I have a home laptop and desktop and my wife (who is a student!) has a desktop too!

  11. Ray Fleming says:

    Hi John,

    The licence allows for your main PC, plus another device that is your secondary device – so your laptop. But it wouldn’t allow for a third. So your wife would need to purchase a licence herself (using her student email account) to cover all your PCs.

    The alternative is to buy the normal Home & Student version from a shop or online, which provides licences for up to 3 PCs in a household. That may cost you about the same, but the version of the software wouldn’t be anywhere near as complete as the Ultimate Office edition under this offer.

    This chart shows what’s in which version:


    (except it doesn’t show Ultimate. Darn! Well, Ultimate ticks every box on the chart!)


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