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August 1, 2011

Time for new school supplies? Find back-to-school deals on Windows 7 PCs and Office 2010

If you’re off to college in the fall or if you’re a parent planning for the upcoming school year, you’re probably in the market for new supplies. Now’s the time to do it, as back-to-school deals are in full swing. Technology deals from Microsoft are no exception. If you’re in the market for new hardware and productivity software, here’s the scoop on what Microsoft has to offer.

Back-to-school deals

Note: Office 2010 is sold through a variety of retailers, resellers, and distributors, but you can also buy it online directly from or the Microsoft Store.

What computer is right for you?

How many bells and whistles do you really need? For parents interested in purchasing new PCs for their kids, take a moment to read this guest blog post by Chris Dawson, ZDNET Education. He unravels the mysteries of RAM, processors, and more that will help you select the right PC for your needs. Find out what Ben the PC Guy picked as his favorite PCs here.

Why use Office 2010?

Here are some ways Office 2010 can help with school work:

Want to upgrade from Office 2000 or 2003?

If you’re thinking about upgrading from Microsoft Office 2000, 2003, or Office XP to the 2010 release you‘ll want to ensure that your hardware and operating system meet the minimum system requirements.

For more ideas and tips on using Office at school, subscribe to the Office in Education blog.

–Jennifer Bost

Jennifer writes about education-related products and services for