Microsoft offers students at eligible educational institutions access to full Office productivity suite for no additional cost

As part of our ongoing commitment to education, we are thrilled to announce Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions which will make it easy for students to use the latest and best version of full Office at their education institution and at home.


So what does this mean? From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. As a result, more than 35,000 institutions worldwide are automatically eligible to deliver the Student Advantage benefit to their students. 

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.

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.”

To help you learn more about this benefit to your students, we are going to be running a number of Q&A sessions via Yammer and Twitter over the next week. More details to follow via the blog and our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

In the meantime, if you have any immediate questions or queries, drop us a note in the comments below.

Comments (8)

  1. What a fantastic offer.  Thank you Microsoft, this will make a difference and will stop all those dodgy copies from Pirate Bay that students love so much!

  2. Craig says:

    Sounds good.

    If our staff and students moved accross to Office365, could admin still have full access to view and backup all the Skydrives?

    If our school has Desktop/Office in a "Open Value Subscription", based on number of full time staff; would we automatically qualify for the Student Advantage?

  3. StuartRegentsUniversiry says:

    Hi there.

    Can you provide details on how this will be implemented with regard to current tenancy licencing? We are on the Education A2 licence – so will Office Web-Apps be replaced by this?

  4. Stephen Harvey AUB says:

    Does this include offer for Office for Mac

  5. Tim Bush says:

    Yes, Mac's are included in the 5 devices you can install Office on under this scheme

  6. Steffan Jones says:

    I recently asked my university when  would this become available. They were unsure. Can you clarify this? Thanks

  7. Student says:

    When is this going to be ready to download?

  8. Planning student says:

    How can we know when it is announced or available?