HEAnet agreement sees Microsoft offer Office 365 ProPlus for free
Microsoft, in partnership with HEAnet, from 1 December is offering students access to Office 365 ProPlus free of charge.
Any education institution in Ireland that licenses Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for its staff and faculty can now provide it to their students.
A white paper commissioned by Microsoft Corporation and released by IDC identified Microsoft Office proficiency as a key skill required in the workplace. In response to the research Microsoft has announced Student Advantage, a new benefit to their Office 365 Education offering.
“Students use Office every day for school work and activities that are most important to them. Office not only helps students to stay organised and get their work done, but at the same time develops skills that will be required when they enter the work force. In fact, no other software or service shows up in the top 20 most important skills identified in the research report,” said Orlagh O’Donnell, education manager, Microsoft Ireland.
John Boland, chief executive, HEAnet, said: “Thanks to HEAnet’s framework agreement with Microsoft we are delighted to help students by adding free access to Office ProPlus to the current portfolio.”