Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Free for Students Beginning December 1, 2013


According to Microsoft’s new announcement at Educause 2013: “Beginning December 1, 2013, education institutions worldwide that license Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. More than 35,000 institutions are automatically eligible to deliver the Student Advantage benefit to their students.”┬áThis will be under the new Student Advantage program.

For the past year and one-half Microsoft has made Office 365 (its cloud based suite) available to students for free.  But the ProPlus version will now allow students to access to the full core suite of Office desktop applications in addition to the cloud based products.

Details about this are on Microsoft’s education portal, in this article at, and in this story.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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