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PSA: MS Office 365 License Free For Students, Direct From Microsoft

OfficeWord2015It’s a good day for college students.

Asad here wanting to let everyone know that if you have a .edu email address, you may be qualified to get a free Microsoft Office 365 Education license straight from Microsoft’s website. This means you’ll have access to the Office 2015 version of all the apps that come with the Education edition.

If you’re an Ole Miss student, then you’re in luck! You’ll be qualified to get a license. I grabbed my copy a few days ago for my Macbook Air. I gotta tell you, it’s pretty speedy compared to the older Office 2011 version.

Take advantage of this opportunity ASAP, because I’m not sure if this a timed deal.

Read below to see what steps you need to take to grab your free copy.

If you never had the MS Office suite of apps on your PC/laptop for whatever reason and were forced to go on campus late at night to work on your papers due the next day, then you’ll no longer have to deal with this situation! You’ll only have to worry about printing your papers from now on.

Office 365 “Education” edition includes the following if installing from a PC/Mac: WordExcelPowerPointOutlook, and OneNote. Although Access is missing from this version, this edition is a great starter pack for college students everywhere.

Here are the steps to get yourself a license:OfficePortal

  1. Click here to go to Microsoft’s portal. Enter your .edu email address to get the process started.
  2. Once your address has been verified, go check your .edu email and click on the link that Microsoft emailed you to get access to the download page. You may be asked to create a password for your .edu-associated account.
  3. Uncheck the two boxes that mention Bing or MSN above the “Install Now” button.
  4. Click “Install Now”.
  5. Wait for the download to finish.
  6. Run the .exe file, and go through the steps of installation. Your computer may be restarted for the installation to finish.
    1. You need an Internet connection, preferably one that’s fast so the installer can download everything as quickly as possible.
  7. Once everything looks like it’s installed, you should be given new shortcuts to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc. Click on any of them.
  8. You may be asked to log-in before using your Office app. Use your .edu email address and password you created at step 2. After this, you can get straight to work.

Since MS Office 365 is cloud-based and normally runs off of a monthly subscription (see pricing plans here), Microsoft has also provided the option for students to have 1 TB of free space for its OneDrive cloud storage service. You’ll be able to save any files you work on to the cloud, ensuring you have a backup if something happens to your computer.

For college students out there, this is an awesome deal that you really shouldn’t pass up. Thanks again Microsoft!

Don’t forget to share this news to your friends ;)


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