Every now and then, MS offers major discounts to the academic population to stimluate interest in and uptake of their products. Apparently, now is one of those times. By visiting the Microsoft for Students page, individuals currently registered at an accredited college or university can request and obtain an e-mail from MS with further instructions to take advantage of this offer (a 54% discount or thereabouts). Also available, Microsoft Office Professional Academic 2010 ($79.95) and the Microsoft Office Language Pack ($9.95). If you’ve got a student in the family, or happen to be a student yourself, this is a pretty good deal: one worth taking up, if you’re eligible.