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New Microsoft initiative offers free-of-charge Office for students

12 December 2013

Student in the library

Microsoft is launching a new initiative which will provide the Microsoft Office Suite of software free of charge to current students studying at Cardiff University.

The 'Student Advantage' scheme will be launched to Cardiff's students in early 2014.

This initiative will provide current students with free access to all Office 2013 services (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher, Outlook and OneNote) on up to five desktop / laptop devices, and additionally on up to five mobile devices.

Eileen Brandreth, Director of University IT, said: "We are actively working to launch the Microsoft scheme in early 2014, to enable students to install and access Office software on their own devices whilst they're enrolled in the University.

"Students thinking about purchasing their own copies of Office software over the Christmas vacation period might like to wait and take advantage of the free initiative in the new year," continued Eileen.

Software under the 'Student Advantage' scheme will be available to download via a web link, which will be promoted to students via the Information Services website, Cardiff Portal and the University Noticeboard as soon as it is available.

Staff members can purchase Microsoft Office software directly from Information Services under 'work at home' rights for use on one privately-owned PC for work related purposes. Please see the Information Services web pages for more information.


Read Microsoft's announcement of the 'Student Advantage' scheme

View Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft's 'Student Advantage' scheme