Students: Your school might be able to give you Office 365 at no cost through Microsoft’s new Student Advantage benefit

Landing a new job out of college isn’t easy. Today’s graduates face a highly competitive job market, and fewer than two of five hiring managers find college students or recent grads are prepared for a job in their chosen fields, according to a 2013 study by Harris Interactive and Chegg.

To give students a leg up, schools and universities that use Office 365 ProPlus for faculty and staff can now extend the service to students at no additional cost, the Office team announced in a blog post today. With employers listing Microsoft Office proficiency as one of the top skills they’re looking for in a candidate (according to an IDC study), having the most up-to-date versions of Word, PowerPoint and more is key to most careers. (Even Google’s job postings require competency with Office!)

The benefit is “life-changing for students,” said Kara Page, a university senior. “We can create better reports and better presentations if we’re given the right tools. It’s like a NASCAR driver using a race car instead of a minivan.”

Learn more about the Student Advantage benefit at

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Steve Wiens
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