REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft just announced it has released Office 365 for Education. The award-winning Office suite, which includes SharePoint and Lync, will now be available to all education levels, including students. What’s the catch? All students, teacher, and faculty will get their hands on Office 365 for Education, allowing them to be more productive than ever thanks to the power of the cloud.
“Office 365 is a hit with big and small companies alike,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Division. “I’m delighted to welcome Lowe’s, Burger King, Japan Airlines and others that have chosen Office 365.”
The announcement comes just days after several prestigious colleges and universities around the country started adopting Office 365 as their go-to solution. The new solution, dubbed Office 365 for Education, will be available to all education fields in the form of free versions and paid versions. The free flavor of Office includes Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and Office Web Apps. Paid versions will deliver greater storage capacity and specific perks. Office 365 for Education will be replacing Live@edu.
“Getting the world’s best technology in the hands of our students and teachers is critical to improving educational outcomes and making sure students are prepared for college and career,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education for Microsoft. “With schools’ ever-tightening budgets, Office 365 for education enables them to deliver new and innovative technology in the cloud that will modernize teaching and learning practices, at no cost.”
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