Microsoft: Free Office 365 For Students
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User Rank: Ninja
10/16/2013 | 3:17:36 AM
re: Microsoft: Free Office 365 For Students
A wise move on Microsoft's part. The habits you get into as a student tend to stay with you for a lifetime, and Microsoft will be recruiting a new generation of devotees.
Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
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10/16/2013 | 4:39:23 PM
re: Microsoft: Free Office 365 For Students
I agree. Apple has been pretty successful getting its products onto college campuses, and some of the fruits are clear; Forrester analysts have told me, for instance, that "OS X vs. Windows" has become a job recruiting issue for many top young college and professional school grads. Clearly the phenomenon is limited (otherwise, OS X's enterprise market share in the last year would have grown more than the ~1% it has). But it still shows why Microsoft should be concerned with education-- especially now that iPads and iWork (or Android and Google Docs/ Quickoffice) have found their way into so many student workflows.

With Student Advantage, though, Microsoft's making a fairly aggressive move to keep Office front and center in the next generation's consciousness. Office has always been the best product, but with no-cost "good enough" alternatives on the market, it has still lost share. But now that Office will be free to so many students, why wouldn't they use it?
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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10/16/2013 | 6:18:34 PM
re: Microsoft: Free Office 365 For Students
I'm hoping my kids will be eligible for this. They're in a virtual school program, doing most of their work on the computer, but as a confirmed cheapskate I told them they ought to be able to make do with OpenOffice. Unfortunately, they've routinely run into issues with tables and other formatting, particularly when they have to save to Word in order to send a document to a teacher.
User Rank: Apprentice
10/17/2013 | 8:37:58 AM
re: Microsoft: Free Office 365 For Students
The insights on OpenOffice are helpful. If the virtual school has org-wide faculty/staff annuity agreement with Office, then students coverage with Office 365 is included.

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