I was actually very surprised at the amount of cheap software you can get from Microsoft. If you look in the right place, and are studying you can actually get a lot of the software for free. It makes sense you get ‘em hooked young and early and hope they are repeat customers for life. Not to dissimilar to other forms of commerce, that I will not get into ;)

Here is what I have found:

Dream Spark
If you’re a current university or high school student, you can download professional Microsoft developer, designer, and gaming software through DreamSpark at no charge. Students (High School and College) get to download software at no charge. DreamSpark enables students to download and use Microsoft tools. It doesn’t matter what classes you’re taking just as long as you’re a current student in a verified, accredited School and use the tools in pursuit of advancing your education in one of these areas.

Windows 7
Looking forward to the upcoming release of Windows 7 but have no desire to pay the retail price ($119). Well the 741 promotion is for you, the upcoming Windows 7 will be made available for $29.99 for qualified students. You will need to hurry once Windows 7 is available, as the offer ends January 3, 2010.

Microsoft Office
Finally, Office 2007 Ultimate edition is currently available for all qualified students. You must have a valid email address at an educational institution ending with the domain suffix .EDU (e.g. ipfreely@usuni.edu). This offer allows you to save a whopping 91% (@ $59.95). Apps included in this office edition include Word, Groove, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, InfoPath, and OneNote. Compare this to the Office Students Edition and the savings become even clearer.