Students and teachers around the world can now get Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite for free according to an announcement by Microsoft on its official blog post dated 23 Feb 2014. This offer was previously available only in the U.S.
Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their school and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office. – Microsoft Office Blog
With this offer millions of students and teachers all over the world will become eligible for free access to the latest versions of popular Microsoft office programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher. The free program can be used on PC, Mac and up to five mobile devices.
Users will also get 1TB of online storage on OneDrive storage and free access to Office Online.
How to Get Free Microsoft Office 365
You can take advantage of Microsoft’s free Office 365 product for teachers and students by following these steps.
- First you need to get a valid school email address.
- Students can signup at this page set by Microsoft
- Teachers can sign up at this page
Microsoft Office 365 is normally available for $99, 139 and $249, based on a yearly subscription, software purchase for Home edition and 249 for Home and Business Edition.
What’s in it For Microsoft
Microsoft’s decision is being seen as a way to counter Google which has been weaning away students from Microsoft Office with its Apps for education and inexpensive Chromebooks geared towards students.
Google offers its own productivity suite comparable to Office 365 free, both to students and regular users of Chromebook.
Another reason behind Microsoft’s decision is to get students using and liking Microsoft products, making them most likely to prefer working with Microsoft Office when they move on to the real world.