Microsoft Supplies Free Office 365 ProPlus to Students
Study shows Office proficiency among top-sought skills
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014 14:01
Students enrolled in at least one credit can now download Microsoft Office for free, a tool that normally costs more than $100 a year.
The Microsoft Student Advantage Program provides college students across the nation with free Microsoft 365 ProPlus, which includes four applications for Mac devices and eight for PCs.
A 2013 study by the International Data Corporation revealed that potential employers list Microsoft Office proficiency as the third most important skill in their employees.
“Microsoft’s approach on it is they understand that it’s a necessity for completing coursework on the academic side,” IT Help Desk Manager Steve Sobiech said. “But they’re also realizing that it’s a skill that’s a necessity once you graduate and find a job out in the workforce.”
Students can download Microsoft 365 ProPlus on up to five computers as well as five mobile devices. They can access the program download through their NDSU email. Assistance is available at the IT Help Desks located in Quentin Burdick Building 150, Barry Hall 270 and the Main Library.
Once a student graduates or is no longer enrolled in classes, their access to ProPlus will be removed within several months. However, students still have access to their NDSU email accounts for 18 months after graduating or leaving school.
Amber Roesche, Communications Coordinator of the Information Technology Division, said that students who are exiting the university do not have to purchase Microsoft Office from a major retailer. With a valid student identification, students can buy the program for $80 at the NDSU Bookstore before their free access expires.
Until then, students can enjoy their complimentary ProPlus, no strings attached.
“We hope it gets a lot of use. And it’s free. You can’t beat free,” Sobiech said. “It’s one of those truly free (things) with no catches. There’s no fine print that says this, that or the other thing. You just use it.”