Microsoft may discontinue giving discounts to students on the purchase of its products, such as the latest Microsoft Office and the Windows 7 package. If this happens, it is going to badly affect the students as this was only the cheapest way for the students to get a legal copy of these Microsoft products.
According to Software4Students, who provides Microsoft products at discounted rates, the scheme for students that provides discounts up to 90% may be stopped by Microsoft by the end of March 2012.
However, the online supplier Software4Students says that it has been "working hard in order to offer you a new range of Microsoft products that will substitute the current ones" but at the same time warns that "the prices will not be as highly discounted as in the former range".
Microsoft may discontinue the student discounts for its products that include Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Windows 7 Upgrade, Expression Web 4, Expression Studio 4 Ultimate, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and Windows 7 Professional.
Other Microsoft-approved educational software providers, such as the Basement, Phoenix software and Pugh, are yet to follow the Microsoft’s way.