Microsoft announced free Microsoft Office for worldwide students and teachers.
Microsoft said that now millions of students worldwide can sign up for free for Office 365 from their school.That includes the 5.5 million eligible students in Australia, approximately 5 million eligible students in Germany, 7 million in Brazil and Anadolu University in Turkey, every student in Hong Kong and many more.
The announcement was made at the public event held at New York City Department of Education and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito announced free Office.
Last year, Microsoft provided this service for free to the students in U.S. but now students and teachers outside U.S. can also take the advantage of the service.
A valid school email id is needed to complete the signup process. To check whether students or teachers are eligible for free office from the school, student need to go to office.com/getoffice365 and then enter school provided email address and teachers need to go tooffice.com/teachers and then enter school provided email address.
Once signed in, the students and teachers will get access to the Office, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher and will be able to install them on up to five computers and five mobile devices.
Office is provided for in-browser editing, collaboration and co-authoring and 1TB of OneDrive storage, so users can upload, store and share anything.
“Students getting office at no additional cost to schools is a benefit Microsoft provides to education institutions that buy Office for faculty and staff,” the company said in its announcements.
In 2013, Microsoft offered a free year’s subscription to its Xbox LIVE Gold service if one chooses Office 365 subscription or Office 365 University.