Microsoft Office is probably one of the most pirated software, along with Windows of course. If you have a pirated version of Office, but want to purchase a legitimate license, you may be interested in this.
Microsoft is giving users of a pirated version of Office a discount for a Microsoft 365 subscription. A friend of mine shared the above screenshot with me, it’s from Office 2019. If you look closely at the image, you will see a message near the ribbon bar. It says, “Get up to 50% off. For a limited time, save up to 50% on a genuine Microsoft 365 subscription.”
Clicking on the message opens this page in the default browser. The landing page educates the user about the risks of using pirated software, such as security threats, loss of data, lack of support for updates, etc.
Note: You may need to change the URL based on your country’s locale to benefit from pricing in your currency.
Users with a pirated version of Office get a discount offer for a Microsoft 365 subscription
More importantly, the page also has a Microsoft Office 365 discount offer. You will need to sign in to your Microsoft account to see if you are eligible for the discount. It didn’t work for me when I tried it, I’m not sure if it’s because I have a real license linked to my account. I think it checks if you clicked on the pirated copy of Office link, but I can’t say for sure. It worked for my friend, check the screenshot for reference.
Once you’ve verified the price difference, you can proceed to checkout to complete your purchase. I originally thought this might be a Black Friday discount deal, but it doesn’t appear to be as it is still working as of this writing.
It’s a bit of a surprise that the discount is for the cloud-based service and not the offline desktop suite that the user hacked into. Personally, I think the latter is a better choice, as you can use it for years, for a one-time fee. Not to mention that the advantage of being able to use the programs offline is a huge bonus.
Still, it’s nice of Microsoft to try and turn hackers into legitimate customers. Having said that, I don’t know if this offer will change the minds of sailors on the high seas. Depending on your purchasing power, a year of Office 365, even at a 50% discount, could be an unaffordable luxury. . People usually hack things not because they don’t want to pay, but mostly because they can’t afford the asking price. I’m not judging you, having been in the same boat before I got a job, I can understand the choice, even though I can’t stand hacking. If you can afford it, buy it and support the developers. This is my motto, especially when it comes to video games.
That said, if you can’t pay for Microsoft Office, you don’t have to hack it. You can still get almost the same features for free, through Office Online, right from your web browser. I used the service for a few years, until I bought a cheap license for Office 2013 through a reseller. Or, you can just use a free, open source alternative like LibreOffice.
Do you prefer Microsoft 365 or the standalone Office suite?