Microsoft extends global availability of free Office 365 offering

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 24 February 2015
Microsoft extends global availability of free Office 365 offering

Microsoft has made it easier for students around the world to sign up for Office 365 and install free Office.

The company will be making Office available to 5.5 million students in Australia, 5 million in Germany, 7 million in Brazil, 1.3 million in Turkey, and every student in Hong Kong, and millions more around the world.

The news comes on the back of an announcement made last week at a public event held by the New York City Department of Education that 1.1 million students in the city would be receiving free Office.

The free Office service was previously only available in the US, but will now be available to any eligible student or teacher where Office 365 is available.

Students can visit office.com/getoffice365 and teachers can visit office.com/teachers to see whether or not the eligible by simply entering their school-provided email address.

If they are eligible, they will then get access to the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher installed on up to five PCs or Macs and up to five mobile devices like iPad, Android and Windows tablets.

Students and Teachers will also have access to 1 terabyte of storage on OneDrive to store and share documents across a range of devices, as well as Office Online for in-browser editing, collaboration and co-authoring.

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