Microsoft announced this week that millions of students and teachers around the world will now be eligible to sign up to receive Office 365 for free — there’s a rather extensive list of supported countries and languages that you can view here. There’s just one catch, however, and it’s a pretty big one. Schools first need to buy Office 365 subscriptions for faculty and staff. Only then will teachers and students be granted access to their free subscription to Office 365.
To take advantage of the offer, students and teachers are required to enter their school-provided email address at Microsoft’s offer page — students visit this page, while teachers can go here. Once signed up, teachers and students who qualify can access:
- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher (can be installed on five PCs/Macs and five mobile devices)
- 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage
- Access to Office Online
Be sure to check out Microsoft’s offer page to see if your institution qualifies.