Starting Fall 2014, all students will have a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 Suite, at no cost to the student!
From DoIT’s website:
Students have a subscription to Microsoft Office as long as they are enrolled. Install Office 365 on desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones.
Access your files stored in OneDrive or use Office Online to work from any device connected to the Internet.
You can use Office 365 offline, too. Connect at least once every 30 days to retain eligibility.
You can learn more about what is included in Office 365 by watching this video from Microsoft.
Be sure to share the news with your students! Having access to the industry-standard suite of programs is a great advantage to you in the classroom. Now all of your students have access to Microsoft Word, so there’s no excuse not to complete your writing assignments. Because they can all use the same software, you don’t have to manage converting between file formats! OneDrive will help students store their documents securely online, so they can access them and continue working from anywhere (with the Office Online versions of the most common Office programs). Students can easily share files with each other, as well, to make it easier for them to collaborate on group projects. OneNote, which is available for PC, is also a great way for students to take notes (if you allow devices in class) and organize their resources. And office productivity software is practically a must on resumes!
You can find more details, including which programs are available for which platforms, and how to access them, at http://0365.niu.edu
In early 2015, Office 365 will also be available to all faculty and staff, including a 1 terabyte (TB) OneDrive account for each user and Lync, an instant messaging tool that integrates with the NIU Address Book