Microsoft makes it easier to get Office for free, if you're a student

Microsoft has been a long time supporter of the education system in the US and abroad. With initiatives like Imagine Cup and offering free software to students, the company is no stranger to lending a helping hand. And to build on its philanthropic credentials, the company is making it even easier for students to get access to the Office suite of productivity tools.

When Microsoft announced its Student Advantage program last year, it had one little drawback; it required the school to initiate the service. So, if you had a lazy IT administration, your school may never have qualified for the free software. But Microsoft is making a change today that will fix this shortcoming.

Starting today, they are moving to a self-serve model for students as long as you enter a valid, school-provided email address. Once registered, here is what you will receive for free: 

  • The latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher
  • Installation on up to five PCs or Macs, and Office apps on other mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPad
  • 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage
  • Office Online

Unfortunately, the offer is only good in the US, for now, but Microsoft says that they will be expanding it to more regions later this year.

Additionally, in order for your organization to be eligible, you must attend a school that has purchased Office organization-wide for all faculty/staff via the Microsoft Volume Licensing program.

You can head to the source link below to determine if you are able to access the software for free.

Source: Microsoft

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