Microsoft offers Office 365 to students for 167 a month

first_imgIf you manage to get an individual using your software for an extended period of time, chances are they will stick with what they know in the future and buy your products again. That’s a system that has worked very well for Microsoft over the years, and it’s one the company fully intends to use when pushing Office to students.Office 365 is Microsoft’s answer to a cloud/subscription version of its Office suite of applications. In the case of students, they will be able to purchase Office University 2010 for PC or Office University for Mac 2011 for just $79.99. In return, they get a four-year subscription to Office 365 University.The suite of apps includes Microsoft Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Powerpoint, Publisher, and of course Word. It gives the student pretty much everything they need for producing work for their course as well as handling online communication and note taking. Microsoft is also being quite relaxed on how long university/college can last, and will happily extend the offer to eight years if your course goes on for more than the typical four.Even though there are free alternatives (OpenOffice, LibreOffice), students may be tempted by the additional benefits Microsoft is including. There’s a promise of free upgrades to the latest versions of Office during the subscription, each students get an additional 20GB of SkyDrive storage on top of the standard 7GB, and every month there’s 60 free world minutes to use on Skype. International students studying away from home will especially like that last one.Office 365 University is expected to become available in the first quarter of 2013, at which point you’ll be able to buy it at Microsoft Stores as well as from the usual retailers and e-tailers. You will need to prove you are enrolled in higher education to secure the cheap subscription, but that’s usually easy to prove using a registered email address.Is $80 for Office a good enough deal to tempt students? I suspect it will be parents Microsoft targets with advertising to send their kids off with the right tools on their new laptops.More at Microsoft Office blog, via Engadgetlast_img read more