Microsoft's Student software seems to get better every year, and helps kids (even college kids) get better grades by pooling resources and keeping homework easy. The product covers math, helps with foreign languages, helps with papers, and doing research. ZDNet reviewer Laurie Bouck says
that the new version (2007) requires Microsoft Office to use all its features, which is unfortunate, but shouldn't pose too much of a problem, since most people have it. She also does like the fact that Tech Support is not included for the product, which is a deal breaker for some folks who would rather not have to babysit their kid's software. At $69.95 for a piece of software, I wouldn't expect much. Other than those few caveats, Microsoft's Student line has been great, and this year's looks good as well.