Students, get Office 365 free for six months
Awhile back I explained why the new Microsoft Office 365 Home
edition might be a good deal
Well, there's no better deal than free. And if you're a
student, there's a little free in your future.
Just type in your valid e-mail address (one that ends in
.edu), then click Redeem Offer. That'll set you up with Office 365
University, which affords access to the 2013 versions of Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher. And you
can install it on up to two PCs or Macs--nice if you use multiple
It's important to note that Office 365 requires Windows 7 or
later, so you're out of luck if you're running an older machine
with Windows XP or Vista.
I'm not sure how long Microsoft plans to offer this
three/six-month trial. Obviously the timing would be better if this
was July or August, when everyone's shopping for new PCs and
getting ready for a new school year. But I'd say for any student
looking to test-drive Microsoft's new suite, this is too good to
pass up.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.