MICROSOFT is introducing substantial new education discounts for schools and home in an attempt to counter software theft. Teachers and students will be able to buy a student licensing box through Microsoft's usual outlets and receive the software in the post in return for a form verifying their status. Details from Microsoft, tel: 01734 270001.
APPlE MACINTOSH users who subscribe to AOL, the UK version of the America Online service, can now access the UK-specific area which includes an education service provided by Anglia TV. The new Mac software for the service, America Online 3, finally gives subscribers full compatibility with the UK service. Members can download the new software free of charge from "member services" on AOL's main menu under "AOL Software Upgrade".
BBC MULTIMEDIA has launched three CD-Rom titles - The Animals of Farthing Wood, Mastermind and Wallace and Gromit. Aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, The Animals of Farthing Wood invites children to join the animals on an interactive adventure Aimed at the 12-plus age group, Mastermind features more than 5,000 questions asked by Magnus Magnusson. Wallace and Gromit is designed to entertain with features including a multi-choice quiz for up to four players. Mastermind and The Animals of Farthing Wood cost Pounds 29.99 and Wallace and Gromit, Pounds 19.99 from BBC Multimedia, Woodlands, 80 Wood Lane, London W12 0TT. Tel 0181 576 2000.
* THE SCIENCESOFT CALCULATOR featured in the Computers Update (The TES, October 18) is available from ImageDesk, 15 North Oxford Business Centre, Lakesmere Close, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1LG. Tel: 01865 377010.
* THE ADDRESS for the Free Computers for Schools project mentioned in "Hang ups" (The TES, October 25) is MME Ltd, 1-3 Brigstock Parade, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 7HW.