Microsoft will release a new product later this month, Microsoft Student 2006. Here’s an article about the new software.

It’s a big package, and a relatively pricey one – retail price is a hundred bucks. At its heart is a set of tutorials, toolbars and templates that integrate with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint for reports, projects, presentations, and foreign language assignments.

There’s online help with math homework, links to Encarta added to online search results, an atlas, and more. It looks interesting for parents of 12-18 year olds.

Microsoft Office 2003 is required to take full advantage of this product. If you don’t have it already, buy the Student and Teachers edition, sold widely at about $140. It’s identical to the full-price version and can be installed on up to three computers.