Microsoft to offer Office 365 for free to 4 million students in Sao Paulo, Brazil

In October, Microsoft revealed a new program called Student Advantage that will offer a way for students to access Office 365 ProPlus for free if their educational institution has already signed up to use it or or Office Professional Plus for its faculty and staff. Today, Microsoft announced that program will be used by the Sao Paulo State Department of Education in Sao Paulo, Brazil to give over four million students free access to Office 365 ProPlus.

Today's announcement claims this is the largest scale education agreement in the history of Microsoft, with a projected investment of nearly $900 million, based on the individual prices of the Office 365 subscriptions. The program will begin on December 1st and offers students who sign up for the service access to Office 365 software applications like Word, PowerPoint and Excel on up to five devices, including tablets and smartphones.

Mariano de Beer, managing director of Microsoft Brazil, stated, "We are thrilled to offer Student Advantage to Brazilian schools so students can access the latest, most up-to-date version of the world’s leading set of productivity tools in order to give them a competitive advantage when entering the workforce."

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I hope it requires that they have a device running Windows 7 or Windows 8 and not just obtaining the software and reselling it to unsuspecting individuals. Under the terms of volume license, you are actually renting Office Pro Plus, so if they sell and it expires after 180 days, the unsuspecting individual could be suckered and the student makes a tiny profit of $400 (Pro Plus I believe is $800 per seat).

Denis Padua said,
Sao PaUlo*

I'd go as far as writing São Paulo -- even if I am writing in another language than Portuguese :-p