Microsoft officially announces Office 365 University

Students at colleges and universities will soon gain access to a new version of Office 365 marketed especially for them. The company announced plans to launch Office 365 University and that it will be made available in the first quarter of 2013.

In a post on the Office Next blog, Microsoft says that Office 365 University will be sold to eligible full and part-time university and college students, along with faculty and staff members. it will include the new versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. It will also automatically save any documents to a user's SkyDrive account, which will have a total of 27 GB of free storage space for all Office 365 University members. It also includes 60 world minutes for Skype calls per month. Office 365 University will allow for up to two PC/Mac installations per user.

Pricing for a four year subscription to Office 365 University will be $79.99. If graduating from college takes more than four years, students can renew their Office 365 University subscription for an additional four years. The blog post added, "Starting today, eligible students can buy Office University 2010 or Office University for Mac 2011 and receive a free subscription to Office 365 University when it becomes available."

Source: Office Next blog | Image via Microsoft

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"Starting today, eligible students can buy Office University 2010 or Office University for Mac 2011 and receive a free subscription to Office 365 University when it becomes available."

From the wording of that it does sound like along with Office 2013 for Windows there's going to be an version of 2013 for Mac too.

Damn that's amazing. Definitely on board for that, even though I'll hopefully be out of school in less than two years.

Edited by Denis W., Oct 19 2012, 4:39pm :

Vasya_Vodochkin said,
Good one, but will it have normal offline installers? I don't need this "on demand" crap.

The only on demand stuff is for guest PCs. There are 2 types of Click to Run. One is a streaming installation instead of the MSI installer, and the other is the guest access type where you can launch the applications on demand, and it will uninstall after use.

Vasya_Vodochkin said,
Good one, but will it have normal offline installers? I don't need this "on demand" crap.

Insert new feature millions of people will like.

If you == one of those millions, then feature = COOL

If you != one of those millions, then feature = CRAP

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
$79 for four years??? That's amazing!

Yup so about $20/year.

Good Guy Microsoft. And lets not forget they're giving a version of Office away for free with the Surface.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
$79 for four years??? That's amazing!

Not to mention 2 Macs and PCs, so you the value is definitely there.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
$79 for four years??? That's amazing!

It seems like a good deal, but for 50 more dollars, you can keep it for the rest of your life and you get a shiny CD. Also, 2 Macs, 2 PCs. What if you reformat....or replace your mobo? I'm not trolling, I promise. There are simply questions and points.

Tyler R. said,

It seems like a good deal, but for 50 more dollars, you can keep it for the rest of your life and you get a shiny CD. Also, 2 Macs, 2 PCs. What if you reformat....or replace your mobo? I'm not trolling, I promise. There are simply questions and points.


I believe the license is for two computers, concurrently, but the license itself is not tied to hardware. Worst case scenario is that you'd have to call them for activation, and Microsoft support on that front has always been surprisingly good in my experience.

I've been keeping up with the latest Office versions for several iterations now ,and for people that do this, a cheap subscription is downright better. In four years, a new version of Office will be out. I just don't see greater value in spending more money to ensure that I can run old, outdated software a decade down the road when I'd rather just be running the newest version, which will likely come out between every two and four years.

Tyler R. said,

It seems like a good deal, but for 50 more dollars, you can keep it for the rest of your life and you get a shiny CD. Also, 2 Macs, 2 PCs. What if you reformat....or replace your mobo? I'm not trolling, I promise. There are simply questions and points.

I don't know if you tried the new Office 15 preview but you get 4 installations and there is a license manager so you can change what 4 devices they are on.

ThatDev707 said,

I don't know if you tried the new Office 15 preview but you get 4 installations and there is a license manager so you can change what 4 devices they are on.

Hmm, with the Office 365 preview I am using, I get 5 installations.

COKid said,

Hmm, with the Office 365 preview I am using, I get 5 installations.

It might be 5 I was writing off of memory but I don't have 5 devices yet to put it on.

Enron said,
Automatic save to Skydrive account... dog can't eat your homework anymore.

"The cloud ate my homework!" Catchy no?

rojorojo said,
I wish I had this when i was in school. I wonder what they do for online collaboration?

I know OneNote 2013 has a cool collaborating feature where it'll show a colored line next to content added by a certain person. So you can collaborate on class notes seamlessly.

Thanks to SkyDrive I assume this will apply to all other Office applications.

rojorojo said,
I wish I had this when i was in school. I wonder what they do for online collaboration?

As it stands, collaborating on a shared Word document online is a pain compared to Google Docs/Drive. Word doesn't allow for live updates which Google Docs does, but on the same flipcoin you can't accidentally knock out someone's edits in Word. For most use cases I and my fellow friends prefer seeing live updates than having conflict resolution.