How to get Microsoft Office on discounted price ?


  1. Posts : 29
    Win 10
       #1

    How to get Microsoft Office on discounted price ?


    How to get Microsoft Office on discounted price ?
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    Thanks for replies to my threads.

    I find when I buy a computer comes as add on with additional price.

    I do find google search shows many GET MS OFFICE FREE kind links. I am not sure, whether these reliable.

    Are there ways to get Microsoft Office desktop version (Not cloud one) on discount?


    What are the avenues available?


    Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Posts : 9,775
    Mac OS Catalina
       #2

    Yes, there is a deal on bleepingcomputer .com
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  3. Posts : 2,197
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
       #3

    Through normal retail outlets Microsoft Office is not discounted. However, many online sellers are selling keys for Microsoft Office Professional Plus. The latest version is Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2021. Technically these are volume license versions so you are buying at your own risk. A lot of people have bought them for a number of years with little or no problems. It is recommended that you find a seller that has been in business for at least several years and has a good reputation. For example, occasionally people have gotten keys that don't work. Reputable sellers will immediately send a replacement key. One more thing to remember is that many sellers say to use the key ASAP. If you wait too long and the key doesn't work then it is probable that even a reputable seller won't replace it.
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  4. Posts : 7,915
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #4

    I have various copies of MS Office for under 20. Ask the seller before buying that the activation key will work using the approved MS servers to download the software. You probably won't get a retail licence.
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  5. Posts : 2,197
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
       #5

    Steve C said:
    I have various copies of MS Office for under 20. Ask the seller before buying that the activation key will work using the approved MS servers to download the software. You probably won't get a retail licence.
    Actually, MS Office Professional Plus is activated with a Retail Key. However, it is not a regular one but something special.

    Computer professionals can buy subscriptions from Microsoft that allows them to evaluate and test software as part of their job. Naturally, to test retail software Microsoft supplies them with special retail keys. These keys differ from regular retail keys because one of these keys can probably activate maybe 100 or more copies of the software. It is important to understand that according to Microsoft licensing these keys are only supposed to be used by the developer with the subscription. They are not supposed to be given away or sold.

    For example, suppose that developer gets one of these keys for MS Office Professional Plus. In his work he can activate a number of copies of it without problem. If he exceeds his set limit he can ask Microsoft to increase his limit.

    As most of us know if you activate a copy of the retail product MS Office Professional you can't use the same key again for another copy of MS Office Professional. The MS activation servers will block that.

    Now for the $10,000 question. If these special retail keys are only supposed to be used by approved professionals then how can they be offered for sale online? There has been some speculation that these keys are obtained in parts of the world where the laws are more lenient and where copyright and licensing is not always respected. This is only speculation because so far nobody has been willing to come forward and admit the truth about where they obtained the keys.

    Note that these online sellers of MS Office Professional Plus are probably selling the same Product Key multiple times. If they are smart they will limit the number of times to some fixed amount. If they are not smart they will sell the same key too times. If the original activation limit is exceeded the activation servers will flag the key and prevent it from ever being used again. Like I said before if this happens to the original Microsoft subscriber he can always ask Microsoft to increase the limit. Once that is done the key can be used again. However, if this happens to some hapless online buyer then he is out of luck if the key is blocked by Microsoft.

    Like I said in the beginning if you stick to a reputable buyer you won't have the problem with they same key being sold too many times.
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