There are so many ways to get free software these days from open source to shareware and also trial software. Probably the most comprehensive list I have ever come across is this one from Money Saving Expert, edited by Martin Lewis. Included are a few office alternatives, audio packages, photo and image editing packages and more. As I posted earlier if you are a student in a University that is signed up with Microsoft you can also access lots of free Microsoft packages.
There are many perks to being a student including student discounts, access to expensive equipment for studying purposes, long holidays and more. Possibly one of the best things is the cut price and even free software available from vendors such as Microsoft who like students to get to know their products. One such website which offers free Microsoft Software is Dreamspark.com. All you need to do is create an account, verify you are a student and then download the products.
So, if you are studying full time or part time, don’t miss out on free software – it’s a unique opportunity to find out what products suit you best.