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So you have decided that you are going to invest in Microsoft Office, but where do you get it from in order to get the best value for money? A lot of PC manufacturers offers a free trial of Office when you buy a new desktop or laptop, and this can be a very good way to try out all of the features before your commit to buying it, but when the time does come to pay, it can seem like quite a lot of money if you are on a budget. However, if you shop around a little and do some research, there are plenty of deals to be found, especially for students. So where do you look first?

If you do have a trial installed on your computer, you should receive messages informing you about when the trial is going to expire. The first thing to do is take a close look at these messages to find out how much the price is. Often manufacturers make special deals with Microsoft to offer Office for a lower price, and you might find that you can pick it up at a very affordable price.

If you are buying the software from new, a lot of the software retailers allow you to use a voucher code to get money off, so be sure to check Google for that. Fliggo.com is one promo code site where you might be able to pick up a code for a number of different retailers, although make sure that you read the terms and conditions carefully because some codes will only work for a short period of time.

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If you are a student or a teacher, Microsoft do offer a special product at a more affordable rate which you can read all about here: https://products.office.com/en-gb/student/office-in-education. Also, subscriptions are available so that you can spread out the cost over the year by paying on a monthly basis.

The other alternative open to you is to try out Open Office as an alternative. This free software has a lot of the features that you will find in Microsoft Office, and although it may be missing certain features, it is more than adequate for most basis needs. One of the best things about Open Office is that you can open most of the Microsoft documents and easily edit them. As a replacement for World and Excel, it works very well, although for the more advanced pieces of software such as PowerPoint, you may still need to turn to Microsoft.