New Lower Prices For Office 365

Yesterday Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Office Division product management group, made an announcement about some changes we’ve made to the pricing for Office 365 for enterprises, and Office 365 for education.

“As we rapidly add customers, the cost to run Office 365 becomes more efficient.  This is the beauty of the cloud where we can deliver economies of scale through our worldwide data centers and economies of skill with our engineers, administrators, and support teams operating the service.  

With these efficiencies, we're able pass on savings to make it even more affordable for customers of all sizes to move to Office 365.”

“In line with our longstanding commitment to education, we will make our "A2" service plan free to not only students, but also to faculty and staff.  A2 includes the core capabilities of Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync and the Office Web Applications.  Exchange Online and Lync Online are available today for academic institutions*, and we'll launch the full Office 365 for education service starting this summer.   You can get more information on our Office 365 for education offering here.“

*Exchange Online and Lync Online are available to academic institutions with an Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) licensing agreement (i.e. more than 1000 FTE staff). For all other customers Office 365 for education will be available this summer as per the announcement above.

Find out more

You can sign up your name to find out more information about Office 365 for education over at the product website!

Comments (3)

  1. Anthony says:

    We are on Live@Edu. Can you tell me how long this platform will be around for? I understand there is a plan to migrate to Office365, but when? Can we have new students on Office365, whilst keeping existing students on Live@Edu?

  2. jamesbmarshall says:

    Thanks for the comment, Anthony!

    At the moment we have no further information on the timescales for the transition of existing customers to Office 365 for education. We'll be contacting customers regarding that transition when we have more to share.

  3. Jared Pickerell says:

    This is the best news I have heard in a long time! Thank you, thank you, thank you Microsoft! The only thing that would make it better is if Microsoft would add Access, Excel, and Visio services to the A2 free level. This would allow for better competition with some of the functionality offered by the (free) Google Apps for Education offering.

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