Microsoft might not have the cool factor that Apple has, but today they are every student's best buddy.

The reason for this is that Microsoft is selling its soon-to-be-released (22 October) Windows 7 OS on pre-order for just £30 to all students sporting an academic email address. Be warned though, the deal is only available until 3 January 2010.

Microsoft says: "Students will benefit from many of Windows 7's unique functions and applications which make PCs easier, simpler and more fun to use. For those students who have the latest laptops with touch screen technology, Windows 7 comes with enhanced capabilities for an enriched touch experience".

"Other features include remote media streaming, improved gaming experience, enhanced security and integration of Windows Media Centre for more central and convenient management of music, movies and photos".

There's a link below that'll take you through to the Microsoft Education site and we'll have another tech deal for you tomorrow.