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Microsoft offers access to Office365 to college students

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Mon March 11, 2013

Free 3-month offer extendable by Facebook sharing

Microsoft is offering students in US colleges access to the educational version of Office 365 at no charge. The free three months of access Office 365 University, doubled to six months after sharing the offer on Facebook, also includes an extra 20GB allocation of SkyDrive cloud-based storage and 60 minutes of Skype calls each month.

The offer is being marketed with a video featuring Aubrey Plaza of Parks & Recreation, explaining to students how they could use the combination of Office 365 and Skydrive to collaborate together remotely.

Normally costing $80 for a four-year subscription, Office 365 University provides users with the latest version of the popular office suite on PC and Mac, as well as remote access through Office on Demand on a computer, or through the SkyDrive app on mobile devices. In comparison, the Home Premium version costs $100 per year for up to five computers.

By Electronista Staff


  1. sunman42

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 11-09-11

    Hey kid

    The first time is fee.... or so the local dealer always used to say.

  1. sunman42

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 11-09-11

    Hey kid

    The first time is free.... or so the local dealer always used to say. [sorry, spelling error]

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    Hey! Wow! I, uh...

    No thanks.

  1. ricardogf

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-13-03


    Thanks MS; but no, thanks.

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    Hey, Ballmer... do realize why all these college kids switched to Google Docs in the first place, don't you?! That's not going to change in 6 months..nor 6 decades!!

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    First 3 or 6 months is free...

    and then get your wallet ready...... no thank you, MS.

  1. yticolev

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 05-22-02

    Cute girl

    Aubrey Plaza costarred in Safety Not Guaranteed last year.

  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: 01-14-10

    I don't recommend Office365

    for anyone.
    Not the student's that have asked me.
    Not the relatives that have asked me.
    Not the company I work for.
    It's just a bad deal.
    Others have sompared it to a drug dealer, and that is not far off. Once you've started using Office365 it's harder then heck to get your data back no matter what MS decides to charge.

  1. bjojade

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-07-07

    Consider the options

    For a home, Office used to be $150 for 3 users, with upgrades coming every 3-4 years. So, if you actually had 5 computers you needed it on, it was $300 for 6 user licenses, with paid upgrades when they came out. But, if you were happy with your existing version, there would be no need to upgrade.

    Now, it's $100 per year, even if you have only 1 computer! Don't pay the extortion fee, and bam, bye bye office. Compare this to iWork, where you can get all 3 apps for $60 and use them on every mac you own forever. Want to add iOS versions? Add another $30 for a total of $90. Hmmm, what's a better deal??

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