As it is cloud-based, Office 365 for education means that you can completely change the way that your staff and students work – and where they work.
But making changes to the way you work, or more importantly the way your staff and students work, is a big deal in any institution. Being able to test, develop and trial changes is vital to rolling out any new services successfully. For this reason we’ve made getting your hands on Office 365 for education super simple. You can trial the whole service, including the Office Professional Plus subscription free for 30 days. All you have to do is sign up at:
The trial gives you access to 25 student and 25 faculty A3 plan licences, which include:
- Exchange Online with a 25GB mailbox
- Lync Online for voice, video, IM and screen sharing
- SharePoint Online with the Microsoft Office Web Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) for the easy creation, collaboration and curation of all sorts of files.
- Microsoft Office Professional Plus subscription to allow each of your users to install Office on up to 5 PCs!
The first thing you’re going to want to do once you’ve got your trial is create some users and the simplest way to do that is via the Microsoft Online Services Admin Portal. The video below shows the steps you need to go through in order to create your first users and assign them some services. Note this video is intended to have no sound.
It’s as simple as that! Don’t forget that the trial does end and you should understand what happens at the end of the Office 365 for education trial so that you get the best experience.
James Marshall is a colleague in the UK Education team who spends his time entirely focused on our Office 365 for education service. His UK Education Cloud Blog is something to keep an eye on if you are a user, or potential user of Office 365 for education.