The use of Microsoft has become an indispensable part of our contemporary education sector. Schools are therefore only too keen to install Microsoft operating systems on their computers. The use of Microsoft Office is also essential. Schools have various options for obtaining this software. There are permanent licences, whereby schools pay a one-off fee to purchase the software. Alternatively, schools can purchase volume licences. In that case, a school will pay an annual fee to get the latest Windows upgrades and can also install the latest Office version. The very latest option is Academic Software, which is an interesting way of offering students an exciting package.