Microsoft, last Tuesday introduced a new offering, Student Advantage. It’s a huge win for students across the globe.
“Beginning Dec. 1, 2013, any institution worldwide that licenses Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Today, more than 35,000 institutions are automatically eligible to deliver the Student Advantage benefit to their students. Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications — locally installed on up to five devices and available offline. When a school combines Student Advantage with Microsoft’s other cloud services, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online, all available free through Office 365 Education, students have access to the same set of gold-standard productivity tools and services used by Fortune 500 companies all over the world.”
IDC released a study in partnership with Microsoft highlights Office as being ranked 3 out of 20 in demand skills for high growth careers. This move by Microsoft benefits students, but also puts increased pressure from businesses facing higher server maintenance and licensing costs to have the latest versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Lync on premise. I believe Microsoft is offering this benefit to students in hopes that when they graduate, they will be accustomed to using the productivity features in Office 365 and expect the same or more in businesses, not less. For more information on Office 365 for Education or Office 365 in general drop us a comment below.