Friday August 3, 2012

Microsoft Office 365 Student Review

Fans of Microsoft Office have been eagerly awaiting anywhere online access to their favourite software with the emergence of cloud computing since plans to introduce Microsoft Office 365 were announced a year ago at BETT 2011. Microsoft Office 365 for education became available from 27th June providing the world's best productivity, communications and collaboration experiences to schools at no cost.

 Microsoft Office 365 is a great opportunity for schools and students to take advantage of the cloud. Special features in Microsoft Office365 for Education include:

Classrooms without boundaries: Students can collaborate with their team members on assignments and group projects in real time. Access to Microsoft Office 365 allows students to easily share information with educators and fellow students, view and edit documents in a browser or in Office.

Students can work together on class projects using instant messaging or video chats, regardless of where they are working or what device they are using. They can create documents using Office Web Apps which provide the same functionality as the desktop version of Microsoft Office, share class notes by synchronising OneNote notebooks and create digital portfolios.

Microsoft Office 365 for Education provides anywhere access to essential tools including: 

  • Office Web Apps
  • Instant messaging and video chats
  • Email
  • Calendar

Prepare students for the workforce: Microsoft Office365 employs familiar Office tools which connect with the way professionals work today in the real world of business. Users of Microsoft Office 365 who have previous experience of Microsoft Office suite of products will be able to easily navigate the features of Microsoft Office 365. This gives students the head start they need to be prepared for working in a professional environment once they finish their studies.

Privacy and security: Microsoft Office 365 provides peace-of-mind to students by offering extensive privacy features, continuous data back-ups and robust disaster recovery capabilities. These features ensure that your data is secure, private and available to access 24/7. No need to worry about losing that 1,000 word assignment that you forgot to save the final draft.

Take a look at this video tour of Microsoft Office 365 to get to know the new service and what to expect when using it. Education institutions can sign up for a 30-day trial of Microsoft Office 365 via the website for free which will give you the chance to experience this first-hand.

This exciting new package equips you with:

  • Cloud-based email with unlimited email storage, calendar and contacts
  • Instant messaging, voice and video chat
  • Use of your own domain name
  • Online conferencing and desktop sharing
  • Office Web Apps which will allow web-based viewing and editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files
  • Subscription to Microsoft Office Professional plus 2010 desktop version (for up to 5 devices per user) or Mac Office 2011

  • eDiscovery tools to support your compliance needs
  • Hosted voicemail support

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