Microsoft is having a tough time figuring out where it fits in the modern era. Don’t get me wrong; the company still generates massive revenue. But they’re not a ‘hot’ company like Apple. In fact, unlike Apple, Microsoft announcements generally go unnoticed.
But here’s one I want you to know about…
Free offer for students and teachers
Right now, you can get Office 365 Education for Students for free! This is available at no cost to students, teachers, and others in the education world who are enrolled at qualifying schools. Just enter your email address at that link to see if you’re eligible.
You can install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad, and Windows tablets.
Get Microsoft Office for free on your phone or tablet
People in the corporate world use Microsoft Office by rote, but that’s not the case in the small business market and the consumer market because of the expense. So Microsoft is trying to come up with a replacement business model and this is it.
Once you do the free download, you can run Office on your iPads, iPhones, Android phones, and Android tablets.
As a practical matter for the Androids, this will probably work better on the phablets and tablets, not the smaller Android screen phones. I have a phablet and my screen size is 6 inches or so and it displays very well.
This will be a big help for me. It used to be that I would get a lot of attachments that I would try to open up, and the screen on my phone would go blank. Now that problem will be solved for free.
Of course, in the desktop and laptop world, it’s still a king’s ransom to buy Office. If you want to save money in those environments, try OpenOffice.org for a free office suite. Or as an alternative, my wife uses Google Docs and loves it. It’s great for collaboration on a document or project among a few key players. Both options are free to use.
Free is a great price! Microsoft had come up with a new model because people weren’t paying for their bread and butter offering in the touch screen world.