Microsoft Gives Students 6 Months Of Office 365 For Free & 20GB Of SkyDrive Storage [Updates]

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Microsoft announced this week that it’s expanding its Office 365 University free trial to 3 free months, with 3 further months offered to students who share the offer on Facebook. In addition, students can get 20GB of additional SkyDrive storage. The free trial is available to enrolled full- and part-time university and college students, and faculty and staff in accredited institutions.

The caveat? The offer is available only to students and staff with an .edu email address. .edu email addresses are legally available only in US institutions, although some US-based Universities in other countries are eligible for it too. If you own an .edu address, you can enter it on the Office 365 University website to enjoy the offer.

Office 365 University includes access to the latest versions of Microsoft’s cross-platform desktop applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, its Web mail and calendar program, Outlook, and its pictures application, Publisher. After the free trial, the suite is available at a discounted student price of $80 for 4 years.

Students and faculty can download and install the suite of applications to 2 PCs or Macs, and they also get up to 20GB of online storage in Microsoft’s cloud service, SkyDrive. In addition, they receive 60 Skype minutes per month for online phone calls. By offering free access to Office and additional SkyDrive space, Microsoft becomes a fair competitor to Google, and can lock droves of students into using its products, even after they become paid.

To qualify for the 3 months of services, students will need to provide their .edu email address on the OfficeForStudents.com site, where they must also register and sign into a Microsoft account. The account will be used to manage your Office installs and benefits available as part of the subscription. With a registered Microsoft account, you can also get the additional 3 months of access by sharing the trial offer on Facebook. In turn, you will get a link to an extra 3 free months of trial access.

Will 6 free months convince you to purchase Office 365? What do you think of the regional limitations of this offer?

Source: Office For Students

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Comments (27)
  • Luis

    This is a great deal. It’s based off of the Office365 Home Premium Edition other than it only includes 2 licenses and does not include Exchange and Lync. Read this article for an in-depth look at this.

    http://winsupersite.com/office-365/office-365-home-premium-review

  • Sai K

    The idea of identifying students through ‘.edu’ address; really a sad one.

  • Dios

    I’m like you SaapeXD MoHods….student with a univ that doesn’t have email for students..so no edu….same problem with amazon prime for students…no edu…too bad so sad…
    oh well….

  • dragonmouth

    MS has not given up their dream of subscription software.

    • Bakari Chavanu

      I didn’t point this out in the article, but I’d rather just pay the full $139 purchase price, because you probably can get more than four years out of the software. However, Microsoft does restrict the number of times you can transfer the software to a different computer.

    • dragonmouth

      “Microsoft does restrict the number of times you can transfer the software to a different computer.”

      I am surprised that such a policy has not hurt MS in the market place. OTOH, what are the alternatives? Apple, which offers its own lock in? “Geeky” Linux? Personally, I switched to Linux about 6 years ago and never looked back. /grin/

    • Luis

      If you want to switch your license to another computer it’s as simple as logging on to your account and disabling Office on that machine and then installing it on another. You can literally switch licenses back and forth.

    • dragonmouth

      “You can literally switch licenses back and forth.”
      That may be so but with Linux I don’t have to worry about any licensing, unless I start writing code for public consumption. I can install the same copy of Linux on literally hundreds of computers at the same time, something I can’t do with Windows or O/SX.

  • Nick Patel

    Yeah Microsoft is getting desperate if they are charging monthly…

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