Microsoft Office 365 for Education now available free for schools


Kochi: Starting today, Microsoft Office 365 for Education is available, providing the world’s best productivity, communications and collaboration experiences to educational institutes at no cost. Office 365 for Education is a cloud-based suite that includes the familiar Microsoft Office desktop applications, as well as Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Lync Online.

It provides educators with powerful tools to create anytime, anywhere learning opportunities across multiple devices in addition to email, calendars, Microsoft Office Web Apps (Online companions to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote), video and online meetings plus advanced document creation features for curriculum planning and student projects.
In a release, Anthony Salcito, VP – Worldwide Education, Microsoft said, “Getting the world’s best technology in the hands of our students and teachers is critical to improving educational outcomes and making sure students are prepared for college and career. With schools’ ever-tightening budgets, Office 365 for Education enables them to deliver new and innovative technology in the cloud that will modernize teaching and learning practices, at no cost.”
Announced as part of the first anniversary of Office 365, prestigious K-12 and higher education institutions are moving to Office 365 for Education. The largest worldwide adoption of Microsoft Office 365 for Education is by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). AICTE decided to move all of its 10,000+ colleges on Office 365 for Education earlier this year and the deployment is currently underway.

Sanjay Manchanda, Director – Microsoft Business Division, Microsoft India said, “Office 365 has millions of subscribers worldwide and in India, and we are now excited to announce the availability of Office 365 for Education, bringing enterprise-class productivity to education institutions across the country”.

Office 365 allows schools to teach from virtually anywhere, reach more students, teach software skills employers are looking for and provide enterprise-class tools that reduce IT costs. Education institutions currently using the Microsoft Live@edu platform will be upgraded to Office 365 for education beginning this summer.

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