Dec 02 2013

Microsoft Office Now Free for (Some) Students

Student working on tablet

A typical student, using her Microsoft tablet, and happy about it, apparently. (Courtesy Microsoft)

Today, Microsoft rolled out their new Student Advantage program in which students at over 35,000 participating educational institutions get free access to Office 365 Professional Plus. This suite of tools includes all the popular desktop apps like Word, Powerpoint, Access and Outlook.  Here’s the catch: the institution must license Office 365 for it’s entire faculty. It’s a great deal for students, and it’s an even sweeter deal for Microsoft — who locks in a fresh revenue stream from educational institutions — and those students… when they graduate, of course.  It also continues to cement Microsoft’s dominance in the desktop productivity market.  They even take a jab a Google in the announcement: “Even Google’s own job postings require competency with Microsoft Office tools.”

Read about the program here: