Off to college this year or next? Then you might be interested in Microsoft’s new deal for its Office 365 University software suite. The package includes access to a number of different Microsoft programs, including Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
Here’s the deal: you pay $79.99 and for four years get access to the Office 365 University program. That means that for $1.67 per month you get all of the programs listed above. It also means that you get access to nearly 30 GB of cloud storage space through Microsoft’s new SkyDrive service.
Why is that important? Because Office 365 University will automatically save your homework to the Internet via SkyDrive. That means that if you spill beer, wine, or previously digested pizza on your keyboard and wreck your PC, your essay will stored safe and sound online. You can then access your saved documents from any computer.
Faculty and university administrative staff also get access to the deal (however, students, staff, and professors will need to verify their academic credentials). And if you’ve recently purchased Office University 2010 for PC or Office University 2011 for Mac, you’ll get access to this bargain for free.
Oh, and Microsoft says those who sign up for Office 365 University will also get 60 free Skype world minutes each month. That means free calls to anywhere in the world using the Skype voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service.
Microsoft’s Office 365 University isn’t yet available to the public, but that should change very soon.
If you’re not a student, Office 365 will also be available in Home Premium and Small Business editions. Each will cost about $100 and $150, respectively.