Microsoft on February 1, quitely replaced its Office Professional Academic 2010 SKU with a new one called "Microsoft Office University 2010." The new SKU is for "higher-education" students and faculty only.
"Microsoft Office University 2010 is a product that replaces Microsoft Office Professional Academic 2010. The new product name reflects customer eligibility: Office University 2010 is for higher-education students and higher-education faculty only," mentions Microsoft.
Applications included in Office University 2010 are: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
There's also a new comparable Office for Mac 2011 University SKU.
"The big change is the validation process, as you'll see on the big warning stickers on the packaging," said C-FAX 1070 radio "Tech Talk" host Alan Perry. "Up to now, if you could persuade someone to sell you a copy, (even if you weren't a student or faculty) it was yours to use. The change appears to be an effort to curtail the large number of ineligible people buying the Academic versions."
Office University 2010 is targetted at higher-education students and higher-education faculty only. While "Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 is the recommended product for parents and families with K-12 students," according to a Microsoft FAQ document.
Office University 2010 includes the same point products as the former Academic Professional SKU. It costs $99 and can be installed on two PCs. But it has a new verification process, which works as follows, according to the FAQ:
Office University 2010 does not come with a product key. Your eligibility will be verified online before completing purchase. This product will not work without successful verification as you will not have a product key.
You will be required to verify your eligibility online to use this software.
- Go to www.office.com/verify.
- Sign in with your Windows Live ID or create one using any email address.
- Provide your school email address, sign-in ID, or international student identity card (ISIC).
Once you pass verification, the online site displays the product key.
The Office University 2010 product key can 'unlock' the Office 2010 software on a 'preinstalled' PC.
You can find more information at official web site of Unviversity 2010 here.