Microsoft Makes Office 365 Free for Students

Educational discounts for high schools and colleges have become commonplace in the technology industry, with Apple, Microsoft, and others consistently offering great deals for students and teachers. Microsoft is now expanding its own educational discounts to provide Office 365 free of charge to students.

Although Office 365 will technically be free -- schools that sign up for Office will be the only ones that actually receive the additional discount. Once the new discount takes hold on December 1, Microsoft will retroactively be offering it to more than 30,000 institutions around the world.

Almost Free

MicrosoftEUs new Student Advantage benefit will reach as many as 110 million students upon launch, based upon the companyEUs statistics. EUWe are thrilled to offer Student Advantage to schools across the globe so students have access to the latest, most up-to-date version of the worldEUs leading set of productivity tools in order to give them a competitive advantage when entering the workforce,EU said Anthony Salcito, MicrosoftEUs VP of worldwide education.

The most basic version of Office 365 will be offered for free to students and faculty. Unless it's upgraded, the service provides cloud-based programs such as hosted e-mail and Office, as well as the usual complement of Office services. However, upgrades are available that expand the programEUs offer but do cost a few dollars per student, with an additional cost for faculty.

Only an Expansion

Microsoft says that its new education-based program is meant to help younger students figure out how to use the Office tools so that they are ready for the workplace, when that time comes. Although Microsoft is currently expanding its discounts, it has had education discounts for quite some time, offering very similar services.

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