Microsoft offers free Office 365 to Canada students, can save $200 mn

Enterprise IT vendor Microsoft today announced free Office 365 to Canadian students. The initiative will assist students and their families to save up to $200 million.

As part of the latest initiative from Microsoft, over 4 million Canadian students from Victoria to St. John’s and their families will have free access to the Office 365 suite. The students can access the office from their schools through their office for Students program.

The students enrolled to the school which has purchased Microsoft office for use by its faculty and staff can log on the full Office functionality. The students can also download Office.

Canadian students can download the Office or log in free of cost across PCs and Macs, iPads, Android tablet, iPhones and Android phones and use at home and in the classroom.

Microsoft said several schools have already offered Office free of cost to their students. One school that made Office available to their students is Louis Riel School Division and other is School District No 42 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

Microsoft Office 365 University priced at Rs 4,199

“Microsoft’s OneNote is probably one of the best programs for education. It’s a real game changer for our classrooms, the software allows real time and non real time collaboration that can actually be used to customize the instruction and provide for better learning,” said Clarke Hagan, director of information systems at Louis Riel school division.

The package provided by Microsoft to the students and educators in Canada includes the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher. It also include 1TB of OneDrive data along with each sign-up.

In 2013, Microsoft offered a free subscription to its Xbox LIVE Gold service if one chooses Office 365 subscription or Office 365 University.

Last month, Microsoft announced free Microsoft Office for eligible students worldwide.

Shilpa Khatri
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