ThinkFree offers a cost-effective alternative to Microsoft software

For just $1 per student, K-12 schools can purchase a site license to ThinkFree Office–a Microsoft Office-compatible suite of productivity tools for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations–from ThinkFree Corp. of Cupertino, Calif.

ThinkFree says its software can create, open, edit, and save any Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. ThinkFree also eliminates the hassle associated with maintaining software licenses by only charging a one-time licensing fee, the company says. Through the ThinkFree Academic License Program, schools receive a perpetual site license and product upgrades for three years. However, ThinkFree does require a minimum purchase of 100 licenses.

Students, faculty, and staff may use this cost-effective alternative on any computer on campus, including computer labs, classrooms, libraries, and administration offices. Students and teachers also can purchase copies of ThinkFree Office at a reduced price for use at home from Scholastic Inc.

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