29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Great value, but beware!,
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This review is from: Microsoft Office 365 University 4-year Subscription (Student Validation Required) [PC/Mac Download] (Software Download)
--- Update 17/01/2014 ---
I just wanted to provide a quick update on the product.
The stability of Office seems to have improved since I've gotten it. During the first couple of months, I had nothing but problems with it, but now, even though there are still the occasional problems with crashing, it has improved dramatically.
The last time I checked my account online, I noticed that microsoft has reduced the amount of mobile activations, which is now 2, instead of 5. However, this isn't really an issue. What IS an issue though is that these mobile apps do NOT work on Android tablets. If you have a tablet, you will not be able to download and use the app, which has been confirmed by Microsoft themselves, who if I recall correctly, said that anyone using a tablet should use the Office Web Apps. I think these were responses microsoft made on google play store reviews that brought this up, although I can't say for sure...
I guessing that based on some of the recent reviews, e-mail activation is now working as normal. Of course, I can't confirm it, but either way, I would personally recommend using an NUS extra card for activation, although if you don't have one, it may be a better idea to try email first, and THEN NUS/ISIC if that fails.
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For the price that this is currently being offered at, this is a steal. The Office 365 University suite not only offers more applications than the basic Home & Student Office suite, but is also a hell of a lot cheaper than getting Office 365 Home & Student.
One of my biggest issues with Office is the bugs that it seems to have. Now I've only used Word 2013 once so far, but while I was trying to edit a document, Word refused to let me move an object at one point, and it kept creating lines across the page when moving an object. The boxes that appeared around the objects also sort of stuck to the screen, unless you went over it with another object. Now I don't know if this is just an issue with my laptop or if it's a common issue with Office, but it seems like the bugs are worse than in the last version of Office (2010).
Anyway, away from the negatives, you'll get access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher with the suite. You'll also get Outlook and OneNote, but OneNote is available for free on the Windows 8 store anyway, and you probably will never use Outlook. The suite only works for 4 years unless you are able to re-subscribe, since this is specifically for College and University students. You can use Office on up to 2 computers, and what amazon didn't mention is that you can also use a mobile version of Office on up to 5 mobile devices (iPhone, Android and Windows Phone). You'll also get extra storage on SkyDrive, and will also get 60 free World Minutes per month to use on Skype (which can be used to call UK landlines).
Now a MASSIVE WARNING about the verification system. When you verify, you will either be asked for a Product Key which you have obtained from a administrator at your College/University, an ISIC number (which can also be your NUS extra card number), or your University email address. Of course, since email is easiest, I attempted to use that.
It seems that .ac.uk email addresses (so email addresses provided by UK universities) are not recognised by Microsoft (my Aber email wasn't recognised at all, and when it decided to say it was, they never sent me a verification email), so you may have to purchase an NUS extra card with ISIC in order to activate Office.
Overall, provided that you are able to activate it, this is really great value for money.