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Free Microsoft Office for students

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Found 5th Dec 2013
Probably put this in the wrong place, if so, please move to a more appropriate section. I work in a educational establishment and received this notification from the Association of Colleges last Friday:

Microsoft gives 5 copies of Office 2013 to every student via Free Office 365 Pro Plus

As part of their ongoing commitment to education Microsoft have launched a new programme for Education called Student Advantage. This is a new benefit to qualifying institutions which will make it easy for students to use the latest and best version of full Office 2013 at their education institution and at home for no cost.

From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty, (via a Campus agreement for example), can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. ProPlus is an upgrade to Office 365 that allows Colleges to offer a download of Office 2013 for students that normally costs approximately £2 per month per student. Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and offers the ability for these to be locally installed on up to five devices and available offline. With Student Advantage more than 35,000 institutions worldwide are automatically eligible to offer Office 2013 to their students.

Furthermore, when a school combines Student Advantage with our other cloud services - Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online - of which all are available free through Office 365 Education, students have access to the same set of productivity tools and services used by Fortune 500 companies all over the world.

“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,” said Antony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector Education at Microsoft. “We are thrilled to offer Student Advantage to schools across the globe so students have access to 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.”

Your college or university will have to opt in to get it but if they do then 5 free licences will help the whole household.

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Am I reading this right that the College that my daughter goes to will have to apply for her to get it? looking to get her a new laptop for christmas but none come with microsoft office and it's nearly £100 extra. Her college is not the best at organising anything and have to constantly keep on at them even for simple things to be done.

I hope you can help advise me best way to go.
cheers
Ali

steviegsno1fan

Am I reading this right that the College that my daughter goes to will … Am I reading this right that the College that my daughter goes to will have to apply for her to get it? looking to get her a new laptop for christmas but none come with microsoft office and it's nearly £100 extra. Her college is not the best at organising anything and have to constantly keep on at them even for simple things to be done.I hope you can help advise me best way to go.cheersAli



The college needs to be signed up with Microsoft, usually enrol into Microsoft's Dreamspark programme at the same time.
Check if your daughter can sign up via dreamspark.com/Stu…spx or at least see her college listed. If it is, then it's pretty safe to assume she can get the office for free too.

My college used to have boxes of office discs they would give out to students if you went to the IT dept and ask for one. I think this is just an extension via online.

steviegsno1fan

Am I reading this right that the College that my daughter goes to will … Am I reading this right that the College that my daughter goes to will have to apply for her to get it? looking to get her a new laptop for christmas but none come with microsoft office and it's nearly £100 extra. Her college is not the best at organising anything and have to constantly keep on at them even for simple things to be done.I hope you can help advise me best way to go.cheersAli



From my experience I know most educational organisations have a home use agreement and agreements that Student get this for few or at a vastly discounted price - £8 for 3 licences. So ask your daughter to get her college to email her the Microsoft web page they have been designated and their organisational code Microsoft have given them and she can apply. All she needs to do is to go through this webpage and use her college email address as a contact email address and she will be sent another link by microsoft. From this she can purchase the software online. Pay the little extra and get the disk with the software on it, but its up to you if you just want to have the licenses emailed to her and you can download the software from the internet at home.
Cheers

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steviegsno1fan

Am I reading this right that the College that my daughter goes to will … Am I reading this right that the College that my daughter goes to will have to apply for her to get it? looking to get her a new laptop for christmas but none come with microsoft office and it's nearly £100 extra. Her college is not the best at organising anything and have to constantly keep on at them even for simple things to be done.I hope you can help advise me best way to go.cheersAli



If the college pay for this faculty wide for staff she should be able to get it free. I would contact the college and ask them to register with Microsoft.

Thanks for your advise everyone will give the college a call tomorrow

What do you have to do after clicking the link?

have some heat

Thanks, good to know.

Omg if this works you've saved me £100, thank you! Heat added

I am studying at the OPen University and at the present time both Microsoft and The Open University know nothing about this offer. They just say purchase Office 365 University and I say no not when I can get it for free. I have paid enough to study why should I pay more when I can get it for free.

Still awaiting an update from both in regards to this

holand1982

I am studying at the OPen University and at the present time both … I am studying at the OPen University and at the present time both Microsoft and The Open University know nothing about this offer. They just say purchase Office 365 University and I say no not when I can get it for free. I have paid enough to study why should I pay more when I can get it for free.Still awaiting an update from both in regards to this



Very emotional read. 9 out of 10.

Thank you for sharing.

Thanks!

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DrAnonyman

What do you have to do after clicking the link?



There is no link. You have to go through your school, college or university to get this.

strikerman

There is no link. You have to go through your school, college or … There is no link. You have to go through your school, college or university to get this.



My university is enrolled on Dreamspark so should be eligible, but how do I get this? Do I have to contact the university?

thanks

holand1982

I am studying at the OPen University and at the present time both … I am studying at the OPen University and at the present time both Microsoft and The Open University know nothing about this offer. They just say purchase Office 365 University and I say no not when I can get it for free. I have paid enough to study why should I pay more when I can get it for free.Still awaiting an update from both in regards to this



If you ever get anywhere with this, could you let me know. Thanks

Not all Uni's sign up for this. I had an argument with my Uni about this. Bottom line: not all Uni's sign up due to the cost involved.

abscforme.co.uk/200…tml just found this, it says if you have an NUS extra card you can join with that.

I work as an IT Technician in a school and we have just signed up for it. Microsoft have to supply 9 million students with Office 365 as part of their scheme.

The institution needs to have and OVS-ES agreement or subsequent account that pays for their Full Time staff to use Office. This makes them eligible to add the Office365 Student Advantage Scheme to their existing agreement.

This is the confusing part. Every student will get a unique code to download the software to no more than 5 devices, however this WILL NOT be Microsoft Office. I presume the download will be some form of installation similar to that of Dropbox, which installs a location on the computer that stores the files the student works on. The student will actually long on to the Internet and log into Office365, where they will be able to edit and manipulate there work. This is so wherever there are in the world they will always be able to log on, access and work on their documents.

RWYNS

This is the confusing part. Every student will get a unique code to … This is the confusing part. Every student will get a unique code to download the software to no more than 5 devices, however this WILL NOT be Microsoft Office. I presume the download will be some form of installation similar to that of Dropbox, which installs a location on the computer that stores the files the student works on. The student will actually long on to the Internet and log into Office365, where they will be able to edit and manipulate there work. This is so wherever there are in the world they will always be able to log on, access and work on their documents.



Thanks for this info, does this mean that if they don't have internet access they won't be able to create/edit a document? Am thinking that if that's the case I'll have to pay the £100

houseofhunters

Thanks for this info, does this mean that if they don't have internet … Thanks for this info, does this mean that if they don't have internet access they won't be able to create/edit a document? Am thinking that if that's the case I'll have to pay the £100



I'm not absolutely sure as it's still not crystal but reading between the lines I think this is the case, yes.

houseofhunters

Thanks for this info, does this mean that if they don't have internet … Thanks for this info, does this mean that if they don't have internet access they won't be able to create/edit a document? Am thinking that if that's the case I'll have to pay the £100



I'm not absolutely sure as it's still not crystal but reading between the lines I think this is the case, yes.

I use open office instead at home - then in work or uni, open the same document is microsoft office and save it int hat format and submit it

That's not how it worked with mine, my lecturer got all our email addresses and gave them to the microsoft dreamspark website and they emailed us telling us we had an account.
We set up an account and then could pick any of the products we wanted and downloaded them to our laptop with a 2 year license.
Had Microsoft Office, Project, Windows 8, Windows 7 etc.

It's installed on to my laptop and i do not need internet connection to access it.

Not sure if this is the same thing, sounds similar.

steviegsno1fan

Am I reading this right that the College that my daughter goes to will … Am I reading this right that the College that my daughter goes to will have to apply for her to get it? looking to get her a new laptop for christmas but none come with microsoft office and it's nearly £100 extra. Her college is not the best at organising anything and have to constantly keep on at them even for simple things to be done.I hope you can help advise me best way to go.cheersAli



Look at the Windows Surface RT from Currys @ £249 comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT

Can't open link on my phone, is it just dreams park?

jade1708

That's not how it worked with mine, my lecturer got all our email … That's not how it worked with mine, my lecturer got all our email addresses and gave them to the microsoft dreamspark website and they emailed us telling us we had an account.We set up an account and then could pick any of the products we wanted and downloaded them to our laptop with a 2 year license.Had Microsoft Office, Project, Windows 8, Windows 7 etc.It's installed on to my laptop and i do not need internet connection to access it.Not sure if this is the same thing, sounds similar.



Spot on. this is how it works. School or uni enrols and we take our pupils email addresses and add them to our account, Loads of great free software.

markymark34

Spot on. this is how it works. School or uni enrols and we take our … Spot on. this is how it works. School or uni enrols and we take our pupils email addresses and add them to our account, Loads of great free software.



Glad i got it right, yeah it's an awesome set up and means we can access things we need for college from home (Microsoft Project atm) which helps for anyone who isn't sure on it. Truly great idea that could save students a fortune!

Sounds good but I've checked DreamSpark and there's nothing about free Microsoft Office on there.

There's Windows 8.1 etc but no office

I recently got Microsoft Office 2013 via uni, but had to download it - they didn't give me a disk- the code that was given to me allowed me to activate it. Whilst it's not exactly this deal, I'm guessing that others will merely download Office, and just use a code to 1. ensure they are eligible for it, and possibly 2. to activate it. It was a fairly large download, so don't download on a limited broadband product etc.

Doesn't the latest version of Office require you to login every month or so to stop it disabling functions even if you have it installed locally?

holand1982

I am studying at the OPen University and at the present time both … I am studying at the OPen University and at the present time both Microsoft and The Open University know nothing about this offer. They just say purchase Office 365 University and I say no not when I can get it for free. I have paid enough to study why should I pay more when I can get it for free.Still awaiting an update from both in regards to this



agree. they claim to be such a big institution but never seem to belong to any Microsoft schemes, im still using 2010 office

Everything I read about Office 2013 makes me realise what great value 2010 is! So this offer lasts for 2, 3 or 4 years, then what? I guess you must have to purchase an expensive licence?

Just received a email from my uni telling me about this. It's only been available for unis to use from the start of December. Essentially it's a office 365 proplus licence that allows you to install on 5 mac/pcs and 5 mobile devices. It is the full version of the programmes and is installed locally on the computer it just needs an Internet connection every 30 days to check the license is still active. The licence lasts until you are registered at the eligible university. No way for a student to acesss themselves the uni has to be eligible and give the student a licence to download. More information available at blogs.technet.com/b/e…spx

Does anyone know if you can still download this with your nus card?

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jollyjo79

Does anyone know if you can still download this with your nus card?


No, it is connected with your Uni/College not with the NUS. Your UNi/College must subscribe/pay for this before you can get it.
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