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Microsoft software offers

From time to time, Microsoft releases offers of cheap or free software for students. You can find details of what's on offer on OnTheHub. Use your OU logon and password to look for the available offers.

Visit http://open.ac.onthehub.com and follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on 'Sign in' (top right of webpage)
  2. Ignore the login and, instead, click on 'Alternative login' link
  3. Find and click on 'Open University' (listed under 'Universities')
  4. On the next page, ensure the 'Remember this organisation' box is ticked and click on 'Go to the Open University login page'
  5. (If you're not already signed in) login using your usual OU login
  6. Wait until you are put through to the 'onthehub' frontpage then click on the 'Students' button

… on subsequent visits it will be an easier sign in process:

  1. Click on 'Sign in' (top right of webpage)
  2. Click on 'Go to the Open University login page'
  3. (If you're not already signed in) login in using your usual OU login
  4. Wait until you are put through to the OnTheHub frontpage then click on the 'Students' button

Details

You'll get:

  • Microsoft software with low-cost upgrades to on-going versions for as long as you are enrolled at the OU.
  • License for one user to install on two devices
  • The Subscription Service (payment for rights to download software)
  • At the end of 3 years it becomes perpetual licence.

This offer is available to both Mac and PC users and you can pay using a credit card or PayPal account (will show as 'Kivuto inc' on your statement).

For help with purchasing software on OnTheHub:

You will also find free versions of 'Dreamspark' at onthehub. Dreamspark is Microsoft's professional-level developer and designer tools. Students of mathematics and computing may find these tools useful.