In addition to using specialist education software, most students and teaching staff use a range of standard office software. While Microsoft Office is probably the most common, it can be expensive. However, there is currently an offer for students and teaching staff to purchase it at a much reduced price. Microsoft is offering Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95! Follow the link for more details and conditions.
For people who are not in a position to purchase Microsoft Office, there is a free version of office software called Open Office which offers similar functionality.