Cheap (Legal) copies of Microsoft 2013 applications (for some)

Posted on February 16, 2013

Microsoft has a home use programme that allows employees of many organisations from around the world to get copies of their key products:

  • Office 2013 Professional
  • Project 2013 Professional
  • Visio 2013 Professional
  • Office 2011 for Mac OS X

for the really awesome price of R81 each. This is for the download copy, for R120 extra you can order a physical media copy of each (postage not included).

This is applicable for a lot of people working in large corporates or at educational institutions. You will need the Home Use code, which you can get from your IT department. If you can’t find the code, then try the link below anyway, click the “don’t have code” option,  just pop in  your email address, and you may get lucky and be able to download it anyway.

Be aware the 2013 version of office is a download version running in some kind of virtualised environment which will ensure that it keeps up to date. When you download the installer it downloads a “download app” and then downloads and installs all in one, so you don’t get an ISO or installer per say, so you can install on just the one PC. Not really a big problem. On a site I was reading this morning (sorry, forget the name so no details) they did mention that the license key you get with the R81 version works with physical media, so once you have the key, if you can get the media elsewhere you can still use it.

As much as people bemoan the Microsoft Office suite, these are really great apps and at this price, nobody who is entitled to use the programme can complain they are too expensive.

Microsoft’s largest security patch release (ever?) #in

Posted on August 06, 2010

Microsoft are set to release their biggest set of patches ever next week Tuesday. According to the Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft will issue fourteen Security Bulletins addressing thirty four vulnerabilities, and that excludes the out of band patch release done earlier this week for the LNK vulnerability. The list of affected operating systems includes all supported versions of Windows, as well as various versions of MS Office (for Mac and Windows) and Silverlight. They will also be updating Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services and Microsoft Update.

Microsoft will host a webcast after the patches are released. See the details here.

Find the full content of Microsoft’s bulletin advance notice here.

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