Office: Mac Academic
The Academic version of Microsoft’s Office suite has Outlook, Publisher and Access in addition to Word, PowerPoint and Excel found in the smaller Home & Student version. The price for the Academic suite is significantly lower than the Home & Student one.
The lower price may be due to the fact that Microsoft requires a customer to prove enrollment in an institution of higher learning geographically located in the United States in order to buy it. The process, which can be done online, consists of entering your school email address. If it is a valid email address and has an .edu suffix, you’re in. In addition, Microsoft provides a list of over 200 schools that are pre-approved. If your school is not on the list, Microsoft does some research to verify your school.
If you don’t have an .edu email address, you can submit other proof that you are actively enrolled in a college or university for at least 0.5 credit hours. Proof could be a scan of your student ID card or paid tuition receipt with your name and the name of the school on it. You can send the proof documents through the Microsoft website. It takes up to two weeks for the verification process.
With purchase, you get 90 days of tech support included as well as a perpetual license. The license is not transferable. You can download the software from the Microsoft website or buy hard media at a software retailer.
Like the Home & Student version, you can download a 30-day trial version of Office: Mac Academic on the Microsoft website.