updated 12:47 pm EDT, Fri October 19, 2012
Renewable four-year package to cost $80
Microsoft has announced a new Office package aimed at students. Office 365 University, set to be released in the first quarter of 2013, will offer a slightly altered version of the Office 365 suite. It will be priced low enough to appease most of those spending, and possibly borrowing, considerable sums to go into higher education, and could cut piracy of the Microsoft productivity tool.
Office 365 University will have the usual Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access that Office is known for. There will also be a 20GB extension to SkyDrive Storage, a 60 minute monthly allocation for Skype World, and access to the "streaming" Office on Demand.
Installable on two PCs, the Office 365 University bundle will cost $80 and last for a four-year period. Users failing and needing to re-sit classes past the fourth year can pay $80 for another four years, which a Microsoft Office 365 blog post calls "a great deal." Service plans for Office 365 currently cost between $4 and $20 per user per month, while the University option works out to be about $1.67 per month.