I thought I'd share with you what I consider to be my best buy of the Boxing Day sales so far - a legitimate key for Microsoft Office 2019 Professional Plus for just £19.99!
For the doubters, I can confirm that I have activated my key on the Microsoft website and downloaded the office suite using this method. It is also a website that I have used several times in the past for Xbox and PlayStation vouchers, and have never had any issue.
This is currently listed as a December Mega Deal, so how long it will remain available for this price is questionable. However even if this price expires, Electronic First seem to be selling keys at a regular price of just £29.99 (here). There is no mention of available stock levels.
Despite the official upgrade program for Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 users finishing in August 2016, and the extension for "Assistive Technologies" users finishing in January 2018 - believe it or not, it is still possible to upgrade to Windows 10. That is, if you want to (and if you haven't by now, you probably don't).
It is inevitable that you will eventually have to upgrade. Microsoft will cease its extended support phase for Windows 7 in 2020, and Windows 8.1 in 2023, having recently called time on updates for Windows Vista last year. So why not plan ahead while you still have the option? Windows 10 has had a further two years of development including a significant "fall creators" update in November 2017, and various software vendors have also improved their compatibility for the OS.
I've almost finished installing the add-ons for the upgrade on my localhost, which means I'll be working on trying to fix up the things that aren't working on XF 2.1 out of the box. If I'm able to fix them all, the upgrade may come sooner than XF 2.1 being declared stable!
I purposely haven't made us appear any different to non-staff, but we are listed as such on the Notable members. If trophies are implemented I may also do a staff trophy, but we'll see how the vote goes.