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    academic edition vs. full price edition

    Are there any disadvantages in using the academic edition of Office vs. the full price edition?

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    Re: academic edition vs. full price edition

    The first and only academic version I ever got did NOT have all of the printer drivers in it. But this was in the old DOS days, when each app had to have it's own drivers for everything.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: academic edition vs. full price edition

    I have the Academic version of Office 2000 Developer Edition. As far as I know, the only difference is the Academic Edition logo on the box and CD. Everything else is exactly the same.

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    Re: academic edition vs. full price edition

    the edu versions are only to be used for academic purposes. it's in violation of the eula to use it for commercial purposes. other than that, they are the same.

    edu versions also are not supposed to qualify for upgrade versions, i don't know if they are locked out when office searches for upgrades

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    Re: academic edition vs. full price edition

    By academic edition are you referring to the special agreement that Microsoft has with educational institutions, or what was characteristically a low-cost but functionally-castrated version of a commercial program?

    I bought my Office 2000 Pro for $10.00, and I havn't found any differences in the actual software between it and the full-price versions. The only difference that I could easily see was in the EULA -- due to the special pricing agreement, I'm not even allowed to give the things away if I ever stop using them. (Presumably, to avoid impoverished university students from creating a "black market" in legal, discount-priced Microsoft software.) <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    I forget the reasoning given when the deal was first announced, but it makes sense for Microsoft. Get universities to run virtually nothing but Office products, make the software affordable to students, and get us hooked on Microsoft. Logically, making substandard software available would undermine this program, so what we get sure seems to be the real deal.

    Note to MaryJ -- I've upgraded for the service releases, and have had no problems at all.

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