Today Microsoft announced the launch of Office 365 for education. Available at no cost to educators, students and school administrative staff, Office 365 for education provides collaboration tools that expand learning opportunities beyond classroom walls and help educators better prepare students for 21st century jobs.

Office 365 for Education is a cloud-based suite that includes the familiar Microsoft Office desktop applications, as well as Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Lync Online (for more information on the available plans visit Office365.com).

The solution provides educators with powerful tools to create anytime, anywhere learning opportunities across multiple devices in addition to email, calendars, Microsoft Office Web Apps, video and online meetings. There are also advanced document creation features for curriculum planning and student projects.

The University of Otago have already migrated thousands of their students to Office 365 for Education with great success, check out the case study here.

See the full press release here and for more information check out the office blog.

And don’t forget to register for the Office365 for Education Webinar free on Thursday 5th July 2-2:45pm.