Microsoft plans to offer a substantial discount for university students who want to buy a copy of Windows 7, freeing up vital funds for going out on the razzle.
From 30 September, for a limited time, students in the UK will be able to pre-order Windows 7 for £30, according to Microsoft's Web site. In a Twitter posting, Microsoft said that US students will be able to get the software for $30 (£18).
"This offer is specifically designed for those students who are not planning to purchase a new PC this year but would still like to take advantage of what Windows 7 offers," a Microsoft representative said. Those who order the software will be able to download it when Windows 7 ships on 22 October. Students interested in the deal need a valid .edu email address (one given by the institution attended: firstname.lastname@example.org, for example).
Microsoft is planning similar offers in Canada, Australia, Korea, Mexico, France and Germany, although the prices will vary.
In most countries where the deal is being offered, students will have to wait to order until 22 October. In most markets, including the UK, the offer will end on 3 January. It will run for longer in some countries, such as Australia, where it will be available until the end of March.