Starting US$1.67 Per Month Office 365 University for Higher-Education Students Launches

Office 365 University, now available to university and college students in the first quarter of 2013, through online, at retail locations and at Microsoft Stores in 52 markets worldwide, Microsoft just announced.Microsoft says, "eligible students can buy Office University 2010 or Office University for Mac 2011 and receive a free subscription to Office 365 University […]

Office 365 University, now available to university and college students in the first quarter of 2013, through online, at retail locations and at Microsoft Stores in 52 markets worldwide, Microsoft just announced.

Microsoft says, "eligible students can buy Office University 2010 or Office University for Mac 2011 and receive a free subscription to Office 365 University when it becomes available."

For a price of US$1.67 per month (estimated retail price of US$79.99 for a four-year subscription) "non-U.S. pricing is also available." If school takes more than four years, renew once for a total of eight years of Office 365 University.

"Higher-education students, faculty and staff must verify their eligibility online as part of the Office 365 University product activation process. (Note: Verification is post-purchase for all channels except directly from Microsoft Store, where we offer a pre-purchase verification.)," Microsoft stated.

The Office 365 University will include the new Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

Here are some more features of Office 365 University:

  • "Digital note-taking: Take notes with touch, pen or keyboard in OneNote and keep them handy in the cloud and across multiple devices.
  • Save to SkyDrive: Office 365 University saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so content is always available across devices.
  • More storage: Additional 20 GB Premium SkyDrive Storage for a total of 27 GB.
  • Skype: 60 Skype world minutes per month included.
  • New upgrades: Get future upgrades and enhancements.
  • Two installations: Install Office 365 University on up to two computers (PC or Mac) for one user.
  • Office on Demand: Use it even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured Office to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC," informs Microsoft.

If the report is true, Microsoft have already begun rolling out the Office 2013 RTM to Windows RT users --means, those "who have purchased a Surface or RT device will get access to the full Office 2013 version on launch day."

According to report, the update includes bug fixes and removes the "preview" tag from Office all together. The update is 580MB can be downloaded from Windows Update on Windows RT devices.

In other news, Microsoft replaced the Zune Music service on the Xbox 360 game console with Xbox Music. As of this week, visitors who head to Zune.net will find that they will be redirected to a page on Microsoft's Xbox.com website.

Users who are already subscribed to the Zune Music Pass service are told by Microsoft that they "... will automatically become Xbox Music Pass customers and will have access to everything they love about Zune and more."