At the BETT, London, Microsoft announced that Office 365 for education, cloud productivity service for K-12 schools and universities (and the successor to Live@edu), will launch later this year.
Also in London, Microsoft said that 15 million students now use Live@edu, up from 11 million students just three months ago. Office 365 for education will be the successor to Live@edu, which's Microsoft's current communication and collaboration offering for K-12 schools and universities.
Anna Kinney, director of Live@edu, said Office 365 for education will extend learning possibilities to students while helping them master technology they'll use in their future careers.
Here's the deal: "Office 365 for education will include everything available in Office 365 for enterprises -- Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online, Office Web Apps, and Office Professional Plus desktop software. The SharePoint Online and Lync Online functionality will be free for students, and $10 per month per user for educators and staff."
Microsoft's also offering a package, consisting of all of the above mentioned hosted services, plus a copy of Office Professional Plus (its highest end Office SKU) to run on users' PCs. For this version of Office 365 for Education that includes Professional Plus, Microsoft plans to charge $2 per month per student and $14 per user per month for educators and staff.
The suite also will include templates and pricing designed to meet the unique needs of educators and students, Perera said.
The broad availability of these enterprise-leading technologies at no charge for students enables schools and universities to create a more level playing field and a well-prepared workforce.
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