[Linux-aus] Microsoft Offer to Australian University Students

Kim Hawtin kim.hawtin at adelaide.edu.au
Fri Mar 7 01:50:33 UTC 2008

Hi James,

James Collier wrote:
> I'm a student at Monash university, today I received an email from the
> University, regarding an offer made by Microsoft to all Australian Uni
> students for it's MSOffice 2007 suite.
> The main gist of the email is as follows:
> "
> Microsoft is offering the top of the range Ultimate 2007 version of 
> Microsoft Office to all Australian university students at a low price
> for 
> a limited time.
> This offer is available until 15 May 2008.
> What are the options and how much is it?
> There are three options. You can:
> *       buy the product outright for $75.00
> *       buy the product for 12 months for $25.00. At the end of 12
> months 
> you can pay an additional $50 to purchase the product outright
> *       download a free trial.
> The recommended retail price for this product is $1150.
> Conditions of purchase
> *       You must use your Monash email address when ordering a copy.
> *       A password is needed to place an order -- DO NOT use your
> Monash 
> password.
> *       Each student may buy only one copy, that is, one copy per email 
> address.
> Where do I go with my queries?
> This is a Microsoft promotion and Monash University will not provide 
> support to students in relation to their purchase. 
> All queries regarding ordering, customer service and other general 
> enquiries should be directed to the FAQs and customer service section 
> which is available on the Microsoft 'It's not cheating' website.
> How can I order and pay for a copy?
> *       You can order a copy online at the Microsoft 'Its not cheating' 
> website below.
> *       Payment is by credit card only.
> To purchase or trial the software or for more information go to 
> Microsoft's colourful orange and yellow site at: 
> http://www.itsnotcheating.com.au/
> "
> Other than the dirty looking man in the website, and the suspicious
> method of payment, it annoys me that Microsoft is once again using it's
> marketing power to lure people who might otherwise use FOSS office
> suites to a cheap version of the "standard" office suite.
> Being very new, I wondered whether, we as individuals or Linux Australia
> as a whole could do anything to perhaps better inform students.
> I know most (if not all) lecturers here don't accept MS new *.docx
> format!

I would refer your IT officers that sent this email about their obligations
under the Australia SPAM Act.

Specifically this kind of unsolicited commercial email has ramifications for


Operating Systems, Services and Operations
Information Technology Services, The University of Adelaide
kim.hawtin at adelaide.edu.au

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