The hospital I work for is some kind of Microsoft "partner". I forget what the exact name of the deal is. Anyway, I get Microsoft's employee discount for their software and hardware. I recently wanted to buy Streets & Trips 2009, so I used my login code to access their online store for employees. All they had available was the 2008 version. I ended up finding 2009 at Amazon -- for $10 less than Microsoft wanted for the 2008 one after deducting my so-called employee "discount".
Microsoft used to offer a decent employee discount...somewhere around 2003 it seemed to evaporate. Most MS software became cheaper to buy at Sam's Club than online. I think I paid $50 for the full version of Office 97 Professional. Definitely don't see pricing like that these days.