Great news! We just publically announced today at Educause that Office 365 ProPlus will be offered to students at no additional charge if all your faculty and staff are already licensed for Office 2013 Professional Plus via EES/OVSES agreement or via Office 365 ProPlus subscription.
This is incredible news for students as they can now take advantage of all that Office 365 ProPlus has to offer.
I put together a quick FAQ for what this means for your education institution:
What is included with Office 365 ProPlus subscription license?
How many machines/devices can I run this subscription on?
Each subscription license allows you to run Office on up to five machines being Mac or PC. You can also run Office for iPad on up to 5 tablets.
Is this a full version Office and available for offline use?
Yes, this is full Office on the PC, Mac, tablet, mobile platform and all are available for offline use.
What applications come with Office 365 ProPlus for PC?
What comes with Office 365 ProPlus for Mac?
What comes with Office Mobile for iPhone? (update 3.27.14 – now free)
OneNote and Lync Mobile available as separate download.
See here for more options.
What comes with Office Mobile for Android? (update 3.27.14 – now free)
OneNote and Lync Mobile available as separate download
What are the PC requirements for Office 365 ProPlus?
32-bit Office can be installed on 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit Office can only be installed on 64-bit operating systems.
Computer and processor 1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set.
1 GB RAM (32-bit)
2 GB RAM (64-bit) recommended for graphics features, Outlook Instant Search, and certain advanced functionality.
Disk space 3 gigabytes (GB)
Monitor resolution 1024 x 768
What are the Mac requirements for Office 365 ProPlus?
What are the iPhone requirements for Office Mobile for iPhone?
iPod Touch 5th generation
All devices above must be running iOS 6.1 minimum
What about Office on the iPad?
Office for iPad is now available as of 3.27.14. See new blog post for details here.
What are the Android requirements for Office Mobile for Android?
Android OS 4.0 or greater
Android touch enabled smartphones only
Do students have to sign into Office 365 to use any of these applications with Office 365 ProPlus?
Yes, a valid Office 365 ProPlus license tied to a valid Office 365 login for students is required to enable any of the four Office 365 ProPlus features.
How long can a student leverage Office 365 ProPlus?
The guidelines are they can leverage this until they graduate or are no longer attending your school. At that point, you must disable their Office 365 ProPlus license.
How is this different from Office 2013 Professional Plus?
The Office 2013 applications are exactly the same however there are some differences including patching, license sign in for usage, and Click-to-run (C2R) technology for rapid installs (2 minutes for quick usage).
Can I run a local image of Office 365 ProPlus to install from and can I customize the install share?
Yes, you can install Office 365 ProPlus for PC from a local share and still leverage C2R technology for a few minutes installation of Office and with the Office Deployment Tool you can also customize the Office installation. See here for more instructions
Where can I get training on Office 365 ProPlus?
There is some excellent end user training on Office 2013 here.
There is some excellent end user training on Office for Mac 2011 here:
Some end user help guides on Office Mobile for iPhone here and here.
Some end user help guides on Office Mobile for Android here and here.
Some end user Office for iPad training here:
Is there a deployment guide for Office 365 ProPlus?
Yes, there is an excellent IT Pro reference guide here and see my deployment blog post here.
When can I obtain this license for my students?
You can order it through your reseller. Please see these three part series on “How to get Student Advantage” - partI, partII, and partIII for guidance. Here is a new “Student Advantage Deployment Guide”.
For Universities, Colleges and Schools not currently running Office 365 and wanting to rapidly deploy this, check out Federate 365 MLP from IAM Cloud, completely free to education! www.iamcloud.com/federate365/mlp.
Federate 365 MLP from IAM Cloud is now launched! To sign up, go to www.iamcloud.com/federate365/mlp.
Where can I get this Microsoft on my labtop? And do I have to purchase anything?
Your school needs to be eligible for this first (see the FAQ for eligibility). Next, your school needs to order an Office 365 tenant if they do not already have one. Next, they need to order Office 365 ProPlus licenses for their students via their reseller and assign that license to students. Lastly, students login to Office 365 portal and then students can begin to leverage this at no additional charge.
My school is eligible they emailed us this link for us..do i have to download it to my comp, I go to Broward College....I do not have microsoft Word or Powerpoint on my labtop.
See our other post for your school to follow: blogs.technet.com/.../how-do-i-get-student-advantage-in-office-365-education.aspx
Thanks Microsoft deep from my heart
how shall I download Office 365 ProPlus?
FANTASTIC NEWS! So happy to hear this! THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Your school has to order Office 365 Education first, next they have to obtain the Office 365 ProPlus licenses for students if they are eligible, assign this license to your account, and then you can download Office 365 ProPlus from the portal. The iPhone and Android Office Mobile apps are in their respective stores for download. Send this to your school: http://blogs.technet.com/b/educloud/archive/2013/10/30/how-do-i-get-student-advantage-in-office-365-education.aspx
How long does it typically take for Microsoft to be sent to universities that qualify for Office 365? Our university has been waiting for 2 weeks now.
I am not sure what your delay is for. Your reseller should validate that you either have Office licensed for your faculty/staff or not. Once that is complete, they can provide you the Office 365 Pro Plus license for your students at no additional charge.
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