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Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education

Provide staff, faculty, and students at your school with free email, sites, online document editing and storage, IM, and web conferencing.
For schools that want to modernize their communications and productivity infrastructure on their terms.
Are you a college student? Check out the discounted subscription to Office 365 University.

What's included

Provide students, teachers, and staff with the enterprise-grade communication and productivity services they need with the power and flexibility your institution requires.

Collaboration tools

Exchange Online + SharePoint Online + Lync Online
Business-class email, document sharing, and web meetings

Office Online

Office Online
Access Office documents with the latest browsers across your devices

IT flexibility and control

IT flexibility and control
A unified admin experience, configurable IT controls, and new app tools
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    • See availability, contact info, and social networking updates in your Outlook contact cards, so you have what you need to connect, all in one place.See availability, contact info, and social networking updates in your Outlook contact cards, so you have what you need to connect, all in one place.
    • Save time by previewing documents on your team site and simply dragging files to add them.

      Save time by previewing documents on your team site and simply dragging files to add them.

    • Connect the way you want fast with Lync. Start a chat, review agendas, and join meetings with a click.

      Connect the way you want fast with Lync. Start a chat, review agendas, and join meetings with a click.

    Stay connected to your learning community

    Simplify the way you work together with powerful communication tools.

    • Keep people connected. Connect even more easily with a unified contact card that brings together SharePoint, Facebook, and LinkedIn updates and lets you start an IM, call, or video chat with just a click.
    • Online Document Storage. Provide IT-managed online storage to everyone at your institution with OneDrive for Business. Store documents in the cloud and share with others—even outside your organization.
    • Hold multi-party meetings. Work together anywhere with conferencing that includes advanced sharing, note taking, and annotations.
    • Help protect your data. Get peace of mind with a 99.9% uptime SLA, continuous data backups, robust disaster recovery capabilities, globally redundant data centers, and no scanning of email or files for advertising.

    Experience Office virtually anywhere

    Provide students, faculty, and staff with the Office applications they know, optimized for their devices, so they can work their best wherever they happen to be.

    • Office Online. Free enhanced Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote Online allow students to work across multiple devices, right from a browser. Multiple users can work on the same document together.
    • Get Office fast. With the new streaming Office, you don't have to wait for Office installs or stop working to receive Office updates. Plus, the new Office can be installed side by side with previous versions of Office.
    • Roaming settings. Your recent documents, settings, and custom dictionaries follow your Microsoft account, so you can quickly pick up where you left off from any device.
    Access your Word documents on the go with the Word Online.
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    • Access and edit² your Word documents on the go with the Word Online.

      Access and edit² your Word documents on the go with the Word Online.

    • Always have the latest version of the Office applications you rely on to stay productive.

      Always have the latest version of the Office applications you rely on to stay productive.

    Manage all your Office 365 services simply with the easy-to use, web-based admin portal.
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    • Manage all your Office 365 services simply with the easy-to use, web-based admin portal.

      Manage all your Office 365 services simply with the easy-to use, web-based admin portal.

    Run it the way you want

    Office 365 provides the flexibility you need to run your educational institution the way that works best for you.

    • Unified admin experience. Easily manage Office 365 services from any browser, while still having advanced PowerShell commands available for automating management tasks.
    • Free up valuable resources. Reduce costs and free up time associated with deployment, maintenance, and management of on-premises servers, providing more time for IT to focus on education-related workloads.
    • Take advantage of new apps. With the new cloud app model you can build scalable, and flexible cloud apps that integrate with users’ documents. The new corporate catalog app helps you manage apps available in your institution.

    All Office 365 Education plans (A plans) include:

    Email and calendars
    Use business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook experience you can access from your desktop1 or from a web browser using Outlook Web App. Get a 50 GB mailbox per user and send attachments up to 25 MB. Use your own domain name.
    Web conferencing Host online meetings with audio and video using one-click screen sharing, HD video conferencing, and virtual whiteboard. Excellent for distance learning.
    Instant messaging Connect with others via instant message and let people know your availability with your online status.
    File storage and sharing
    OneDrive for Business gives users 25 GB of personal storage that syncs with their PC for offline access. Easily share documents with others through Office or SharePoint.
    Team sites Work together on projects, in study groups, or in clubs with team sites that help keep related documents, notes, tasks, and conversations organized together. Up to 300 subsites.
    Office Online Create and edit2 Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel documents from any modern browser.
    Mobility
    Sync email, calendar, and contacts; access SharePoint sites; view and edit Office documents with Office Online using a browser on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices.
    Apps for Office and SharePoint New third-party and customer-developed apps work with Office and SharePoint to bring web services right into your documents and sites.
    Administration
    The admin portal provides IT detailed configuration options for your services, either from an online portal or through automated management with PowerShell commands.
    Reliability Get peace of mind knowing your services are available with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, financially backed service level agreement (SLA).
    Security Cutting-edge security practices with five layers of security and proactive monitoring help keep your data safe.
    Privacy Your data belongs to you. Microsoft does not scan emails or documents for advertising purposes.
    Up to date No need to pay for version upgrades; updates are included in your subscription. New features are rolled out to Office 365 customers in an IT-configurable experience.
    Support 24/7 phone support for all IT issues. For less urgent issues, you can make service requests directly through the admin portal.

    Some Office 365 Education plans (A plans) also include:

    Office suite included Always have the latest versions of:
    Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Outlook Microsoft OneNote Microsoft Publisher Microsoft Access
    • Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen.
    • Easily format information in Excel with tools that recognize your pattern and auto-complete data.
    • Easily incorporate content from PDFs to create your own great-looking Word documents.
    • Design customized marketing materials that fit your brand and customers.
    Office on mobile devices Access, edit, and view documents on Windows tablets, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, and Windows Phones. Use the OneNote, OWA, Lync Mobile, and SharePoint Newsfeed apps on most devices.
    Office on any PC Stream full versions of Office programs on any Internet-connected PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8 with Office on Demand.
    Advanced email capabilities Use archiving and legal hold capabilities, plus unlimited storage, for compliance needs. And use data loss prevention (DLP) policies for additional compliance enforcement.
    Hosted voicemail support Hosted voicemail support with auto-attendant capabilities. Voicemails are recorded to Exchange Online and users can access them from Outlook, Outlook Web App, or a compatible mobile phone.
    Advanced business intelligence tools Get the insight you need fast with interactive dashboards with Full Excel Services. Perform big data analyses and data visualization mash-ups with the new Excel client with Power Pivot and Power View.

    More details
    To see all the features that are included, view the detailed service descriptions.

    Frequently asked questions

    Yes. If you use the free plan (Office 365 Education A2) or you purchase an Office 365 subscription with the same number of user accounts you created by the end of your free trial, the information and configuration for these users' accounts will remain intact. Once your free trial expires, you won't be able to continue using Office 365 for free. You will have an additional 30 days to purchase Office 365 before your account information is erased. Once your trial account information has been erased, it cannot be retrieved.

    Microsoft experts are trained IT and development companies that can help you move to Office 365 or develop custom solutions for your business. You can find a listing of all of our Microsoft experts in Microsoft Pinpoint.

    Two of the Office 365 for education plans (A3 and A4) include the latest desktop version of Office, which delivers the best experience for all your users and makes it easy for IT to manage deployment and upgrades. For the Office 365 plans that do not come with the latest desktop version of Office, Office 365 supports Office 2010, Office 2007 (with slightly limited functionality), and Office 2011 for Mac, so you can take advantage of the rich Office 365 cloud services such as business-class email, HD video conferencing, and file sharing.

    Internet access is required to install and activate all Office 365 plans and to manage your subscription account. Internet connectivity is also required to access Office 365 cloud productivity services, including email, conferencing, IT management, and other services.

    Many Office 365 plans also include the desktop version of Office, for example, Office 365 Small Business Premium and Office 365 Enterprise E3. One of the benefits of having the desktop version of Office applications is that you can work offline and have the confidence that the next time you connect to the Internet all your work will automatically sync, so you never have to worry about your documents being up to date. Your desktop version of Office is also automatically kept up to date and upgraded when you connect to the Internet, so you always have the latest tools to help you work. Compare Office 365 plans.

    Get Office 365 ProPlus for students at no extra cost when you purchase Office for faculty and staff

    When you license Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus institution-wide for all your faculty/staff, your students get access to Office 365 ProPlus at no extra cost. Starts Dec. 1, 2013.

    Schools can sign up through their existing Enrollment for Education Solutions, Open Value Subscription-Education Solutions, or school contract.

    No. Students do not have to be on the Office 365 A2 plan. However, in order to have full productivity capabilities, it is recommended that institutions deploy both Office 365 A2 and Office 365 ProPlus for their students.

    Your institution can move at its next anniversary or renewal date, provided that it meets all the conditions of this offer. For additional support, please contact your Volume Licensing specialist.

    There is no credit for the invoice already paid. For additional support, please contact your Volume Licensing specialist.

    When students graduate, their Office 365 subscription through the institution ends. They can enroll in other consumer or commercial offers.

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1 Plans that do not include the desktop version of Office work with the latest version of Outlook, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007 (with slightly limited functionality), Outlook 2011 for Mac, and Outlook 2008 for Mac.
2 Editing included in select plans only.
3 Windows PC client programs and/or features only. Cannot be used across devices.
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