What are the differences between Microsoft Office 365 University, Office Professional Plus 2013, and SkyDrive?

Microsoft Office 365 University for Students, Faculty, and Staff

At St. Edward's University students, faculty, and staff have the option to purchase the latest version of Office 365 University through VarsityBuys.com for a discounted price of $79.99, for a 4 year subscription.

  • Install on up to 2 PCs running Windows 7 or 8 OS, and Windows 8 tablets, or Macs running OS X version 10.5.8 or later.
  • The latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.
  • An extra 20 GB of online storage in SkyDrive (27 GB total) for anywhere access to your documents.
  • 60 minutes of Skype™ calls to phones in 40+ countries every month.
  • Full, streamable versions of Office on any PC with Office on Demand.
  •  Four year subscription with automatic upgrades included so you’re always up to date with the latest features and services.
  • (See VarsityBuys.com for complete details)

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff have the option to purchase the latest version of Office Professional Plus 2013 Work at Home version through VarsityBuys.com for a discounted price of $19.95 for a single download and installation. 

What it includes:

  • A Single download and installation on 1 machine running Windows 7 or 8 OS, or Mac running OS X version 10.5.8 or later
  • The 2013 version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, InfoPath, Publisher, and Lync.
  • InfoPath is a forms-creation and data gathering tool.
  • Lync is the communication client for Microsoft’s enterprise-ready unified communications platform – that provides instant messaging, voice, video, for video conferencing.
  • (See VarsityBuys.com for complete details)

Steps to Purchase Office 365 University for Students or Microsoft Office Professional Plus for Faculty and Staff

Visit VarsityBuys.com and select the Institution Type: College/University and then select the Country and State/Province as Texas and click on Go and select Saint Edwards University.  There, you may purchase and download the available software products for Students and Faculty/Staff.

Microsoft SkyDrive Free to Anyone

Anyone could create a Microsoft account for free by visiting: https://signup.live.com. It is what used to be called a “Windows Live ID.” The Microsoft account is a combination of an email address and a password you use to sign into services like Hotmail, which is now Outlook.com, Messenger, SkyDrive, Windows Phone, and Xbox LIVE.

SkyDrive is a free cloud service that gives users up to 7GB of free cloud storage that is accessible from anywhere. SkyDrive allows you to automatically sync your files across your computers by installing the free desktop app for Windows 8, 7, or Vista computers, and Mac OS X Lion computers.

What it includes:

Get free Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote in your browser with SkyDrive and free Office Web Apps. You may share any files you want with whomever you choose and multiple people in different locations can work on the same file at the same time.

Steps to Create a Microsoft Account and use and Download SkyDrive

First, visit https://signup.live.com to create a Microsoft account, and then visit outlook.com to sign-in using your Microsoft account and view email or select SkyDrive. To download SkyDrive to Sync your files visit http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/skydrive/download.

Students, faculty, and staff have various options to choose from when it comes to free software available online by using SkyDrive, or purchasing discounted options with Microsoft Office 365 University or Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 for faculty and staff.

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