On Monday, Microsoft is in the holiday giving mood, and for students and teachers, the gifts of Office 365 is one of the best gifts ever. The company expanded the availability of the Student Advantage program to students in over 35,000 educational institutions worldwide.
The move to expand the educational Office 365 program is huge for Microsoft, and for students and teachers. The program allows for teachers to essentially gift the Office 365 program to their students, and thus allow them to use Office 365 for their school and university work.
Student Advantage Details
The Student Advantage program by Microsoft was launched to give students an easy way to access the latest version of Microsoft Office for their works. Since Microsoft Office products are used throughout the corporate and workplace world, Microsoft wants to get students using it early, and to shy away from using Google Docs and other alternatives.
On Monday, Microsoft announced the expansion of the program, and will give schools and universities that license the Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty, the option to license Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. The blog post by Microsoft already talks about how its being used in schools and universities currently.
Office 365 Over Google Docs
One of the main reasons to get students on board with Office 365 is get them to stop using Google Docs. In addition, larger school boards are being encouraged to transform their software choices for students to Office 365. An example of a school board giving over 150,000 students and faculty the latest Office tools was noted, and will give students the tools needed to succeed.
The move also is aimed to help students succeed in the business world. The office and business world uses Microsoft Office products, and getting it in their hands early will definitely help out. Google Docs is a widely used free tool that student use, but teachers require complex projects that only Office 365 can deliver, and now they can use it for free.
I use Office 365 and used Office throughout my academic career. It’s important that students use it as well, and I applaud Microsoft in this bold move for the academic youth.