How and where to buy a Microsoft Office license

If you have been a long-time customer of Microsoft Office, you would probably value a 50% discount. Certainly, that’s the sort of thing that could incentivize your subscription renewal. Sadly, you won’t be getting any such discount. However, if you have been pirating Office, Microsoft is ready to reward you.

It remains relatively easy to pirate Office and use it without paying for the platform. Obviously, Microsoft wants to reduce the number of pirates. Those users clearly want Office apps, so Microsoft needs to find ways to convert them into paying license holders.

According to gHacks, the way the company has decided to do that is to offer a 50% discount on Microsoft 365 Personal or Family for users who are pirating Microsoft Office apps. Of course the full Office suite is available within the Microsoft 365 package.


In the report, gHacks shows a screenshot of a pirated version of Microsoft Excel that features a banner ad saying “GET UP TO 50% OFF. For a limited time, save up to 50% on a genuine Microsoft 365 subscription.”


As you would expect, clicking the banner sends the pirate to Microsoft’s webpage on pirated software. Here the company warns users of the dangers of using an unofficial copy of Office, but there is also a buy button with he discount available.  

This seems exclusive to pirates because someone with a genuine license who clicks the link cannot access the discount. In fact, the link will not work at all if you have a legitimate Microsoft Office copy.

This is a little cheeky by Microsoft. Sure, I 100% know why the company is doing it, and it makes sense to try to convert some pirates into paying customers. However, it is a bit of a slap in the face to loyal paying subscribers to offer a massive discount to people who have not shown any previous financial commitment to Office and not offer any deal to those who have.

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