Microsoft Office is used by more than a billion people on the planet, you don’t get to those numbers without being smart about user adoption. Part of the Microsoft’s winning strategy is to get to customers early in their computing lives so the Office applications are engrained in their electronic lives.
Microsoft have always offered discounts for education with many Aussie computers running the ‘Home and Student version’. Now as we move to Office 365 and with increased pressure from Google Docs, Microsoft are getting increasingly aggressive in the student space.
In October, the Office team announced a new benefit called Student Advantage, this week they made Student Advantage is available to more than 35,000 educational institutions worldwide. Of course that means Ausssies can reap the benefits.
For just $99 or $2.06 per month, you get a 4 year subscription that’s usable across 2 PCs or Macs and 2 mobile devices. That’s less than the price of a coffee for Microsoft Office, that pricing is stunning compared to the old boxed copies that were hundreds for a single copy and while some Google and Apple fans will argue they have comparable productivity suites, there’s no hiding the fact that Microsoft Office is the industry standard.
Even Google’s own job postings require competency with Microsoft Office tools.
One of the biggest benefits of Office 365 is that you’re always on the latest version. This means that if during your 4 years of study, Microsoft releases another version of Office, you get it for free as part of your subscription.
So now you’re sold, the big question is what are the requirements to secure Office 365 for this price? There are 4 methods of verification – Verify through your school (and yes TAFE’s are included), ISIC Car (International Student Identification Card), Verification code provided by your institute, or Other where you fill in the details if your School isn’t listed.
It’s also important to point out we’re not talking about a stripped down version of Office, this deal includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher. If you were to take the deal today, you’d be downloading the 2013 versions.
More information and to snap up the deal, head over to http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/university/