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Microsoft’s Office 365 now free for even more people… but there’s a catch

Published Feb 24th, 2015 9:45PM EST
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Microsoft on Monday announced that its Office 365 productivity suite is available free of charge to even more users than before, as long as they fall within two specific categories of users.

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The company said that millions of students and teachers around the world are now eligible for free Office from their schools, a promotional offer that was previously available only in the U.S.

“Students getting Office at no additional cost to schools is a benefit Microsoft provides to education institutions that buy Office for faculty and staff,” the company wrote.

In order to take advantage of Microsoft’s free Office 365 product for teachers and students, users will simply need a valid school email address to complete the sign up process. The company has set up two pages on its Office website where students (see this link) and teachers (see this link) can sign up, and get their free Office 365 suite.

In addition to access to the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher for PC, Mac and up to five mobile devices including iPad, Android and Windows tablets, users get 1TB of OneDrive storage and access to Office Online.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.