Microsoft’s New Student Advantage Program Offers Free Office 365 ProPlus For Students

Microsoft today announced a new program called Student Advantage that will allow students in schools to enjoy full Office 365 ProPlus for free. From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes the following,

Office suite included
Always have the latest versions of:
Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Outlook Microsoft OneNote Microsoft Publisher Microsoft Lync Microsoft Access
  • Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen.
  • Open PDFs and edit paragraphs, lists, and tables just as you do in familiar Word documents.
  • Keep track of comments in Word documents and mark them as done with the new reply button.
  • Convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less so you can analyze it faster, and then preview it with different formatting.
  • Embed Excel spreadsheets, Visio diagrams, photos, and almost any other kind of computer file, in your OneNote notebooks.
  • Share your PowerPoint presentation over the web by sending a link to it.
  • Design customized marketing materials that fit your brand and customers.
Office on more devicesEnjoy a consistent and familiar Office experience across PCs, Macs, Windows tablets, and most mobile devices.

Office Mobile can be installed on up to 5 iPhones and Android phones, enabling you to access, edit, and view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Note that Office Mobile is already available on Windows Phones and does not count toward the 5-device limit. Use the OneNote, OWA, Lync Mobile, and SharePoint Newsfeed apps on most devices. Learn more.

Office on any PC
Stream full versions of Office programs on any PC with Office on Demand.2

Antony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector Education at Microsoft said the following on this new program,

“Students use Office every day for school work and activities that are most important to them. Office not only helps students stay organised and get their work done today, but at the same time develops skills that will be required when they enter the workforce,”.

This is a great news for students across the world. Office 365 Pro Plus generally costs $12 per month for a single user. I’m sure students are going to enjoy free Office on their mobile devices like iPhone, Android and iPad devices.

Source: Microsoft

  • Bugbog

    “I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse…!”

  • Guest

    Great news for students. But basically an admission that MS can no longer charge students for Office given the success of Gapps in edu.

  • SategB

    Windows 8 sales are stagnet and now MSFT management seeing they have to give away office…

    This is exactly what I warn about months ago when I stated Ballmers defend and extend strategy was threating the companies future. Without these profit centers layoffs are only a year or two at most away unless big changes to the company is made.

    It is time to sell off the unprofitables and sideline businesses and focus on executing one thing well.

    I hated to be right but final some of the naysayers will wake up and join my call!

    • jimski27

      Or, give a kid some candy and he/she will be your friend for life. Apple was giving Macs to schools twenty years ago. Any different? Gillette gives teenagers free razors/blades. Helps to make them lifetime customers. Get them while their young.

      • SategB

        Ask yourself this question if this is such a great strategy why didn’t t they start doing it 20 years ago?

        • jimski27

          Because software subscription models did not exist. The day you leave school, or the institution stops subscribing, you lose access to Office 365. Easy to manage.

      • nohone

        You may not know, but SategB is our resident troll. He will claim to be a big Microsoft fanboy, but will criticize every step that Microsoft makes while cheering on Microsoft’s competition for the same actions. This is a perfect example – Microsoft giving students access to Office is bad, but Google doing the same thing with GApps is great. He claims to personally know Ballmer even though he routinely criticizes him, has a temper-tantrum when they do not take his advice which usually includes shutting down every product Microsoft makes, starting with Windows.
        A number of us here started ignoring him so that he moves on.

  • DigTheNoise

    Our H.S. switched to teaching Microsoft Technologies in their Comp Sci courses … the track is now Scratch -> Small Basic -> VB -> C#, where VB and C# are taught using Express. They have been using Google Docs, but now more and more are using SkyDrive and it’s web apps … this would speed up the migration from Google Docs.

    I think providing their products for free provides useful tools to the students and schools, and is a great way to introduce their products to future earners.

    • Guest

      Nice example. Education has always been more about influence than revenue. Not only are you introducing the products to future earners, as you said, but making it easier for orgs to select/stay with your product b/c there’s a pool of new grads who already know it, so the training cost is reduced. MS lost some focus there over the past few years. But now that Google has been targeting it so heavily we’re seeing MS ramp their efforts back up. Which is probably a wise investment.