Microsoft Office 365 free for students
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Microsoft Office 365 free for students

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Found 24th Mar 2016
I was searching for an affordable version of Microsoft Office for my student daughter when I came across this offer. Enter an academic email addres (ac.uk) and you are emailed an access code allowing you to use Office 365 completley free. I think it's the online version rather than a download (so they can cut you off if/when you student email expires?) but I don't think that'll bother many users.
I believe this offer was also posted 11 months ago but it didn't come up when I searched so I figured re-posting might be useful for some. I know not everyone's a student etc but if if helps somebody surely it's a good thing.
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No sign of it.
Been like that for long time now and not all universities are offering it.

"Your IT department has turned off signup for Office 365 Education. Contact them to complete signup."
How does this apply to open uni students who dont have an internal email address?
Nexus162

How does this apply to open uni students who dont have an internal email … How does this apply to open uni students who dont have an internal email address?



You can sign up for one free. OU students get a student Google account.
Edited by: "credington" 24th Mar 2016
credington

You can sign up for one free. OU students get a student Google account.



Would that still make you applicable though?, as it'd be a non 'ac.uk' email address?, or ..... thanx. :-)
amour3k

Would that still make you applicable though?, as it'd be a non 'ac.uk' … Would that still make you applicable though?, as it'd be a non 'ac.uk' email address?, or ..... thanx. :-)



Yes. Mine is *.my.open.ac.uk
Just use LibreOffice, it's free:- libreoffice.org/
nsmith123

Just use LibreOffice, it's free:- https://www.libreoffice.org/



Errr... this is free as well!
wantsomepls

Errr... this is free as well!



But has offline features
I like libre but it's comparability is not 100% and when the person marking your work is using word the slim chance of formatting issues is not worth the risk for me.
DON'T DO IT!!! My son is under a lot of stress at the moment trying to get his dissertation done and he downloaded this free version a couple of days ago - spending a day of typing his dissertation using Word that is included with this. The next day when going to edit his word document, it was only on the one drive storage and was read only - he could not edit it. He then looked closer at the installation details from his University (Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge) - They are strongly advising not to install this as it may corrupt existing files and is full of problems.
If you are prepared to take the risk then that's fine but if you don't want to risk damaging new or existing office files on your computer my advice would steer well clear of this!
Seems strange that a college would take part in the programme and then tell students not to use it! Might be helpful if you could quote their advice so people can see what issues there might be.
wantsomepls

Seems strange that a college would take part in the programme and then … Seems strange that a college would take part in the programme and then tell students not to use it! Might be helpful if you could quote their advice so people can see what issues there might be.


I have just spoken to my Son he says they are not taking part, they just have a warning notice that comes up when he logs into his student email which says: "Microsoft are currently advertising Office for free. You might see an advert when you login to your email.

DO NOT install this Microsoft Office software as you will only receive a 30 day trial or a version that allows read only access to your work.

There is also the possibility that it could remove your existing, working copy of Office.

You can use your Remote Desktop to access Office and other software for free while you're studying with us.

Be careful, you can't use this indefinitely:

You can use the plan until you graduate or are no longer enrolled at a … You can use the plan until you graduate or are no longer enrolled at a school. Your student eligibility may be re-verified at any time. When your Office 365 Education plan expires:If you are using the full, installed Office applications, the Office applications will enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means that you can view documents, but you cannot edit or create new documents.Online services associated with the school email address—for example, Office Online and OneDrive—will no longer work.


Edited by: "smsmasters" 28th Mar 2016
I got this in my final year of uni and now I've been out for almost a year it's just expired, can't reuse or login with my uni email even though it's still active
Your documents as long as they're locally on your PC not on Onedrive are still accessible with open office etc if your subscription expires.
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Meh, open office.
Speak to the school college, uni. They may already have your one drive setup or in use or even under testing. They will control your account and hence your docs/ drive.
Most will have some offer/deal. Don't risk your important work with this or some of the others have had too many students with docs that can't be converted or opened by staff
nsmith123

Just use LibreOffice, it's free:- https://www.libreoffice.org/



I have libre office and it works ok, however if you do your cv in Libre office when you email it for an online job application you will find that often the format requested the cv be sent in is either .doc or dcx or another format i cant remember.


You should be able to get a lifetime version of Office 365 and Windows from your uni/college if you ask your IT department or go on your institutions website, and possibly more...
Open office is free - this would be alright if it was 1998
Progressismade

Open office is free - this would be alright if it was 1998


This is free as well. Not quite sure what you are trying to say. I think this will be a useful offer for lots of students.
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