Office 365 for Education pricing details announced

The pricing and plans for Office 365 for Small Businesses and Enterprises were announced back in October last year, however details about Office 365 for Education – the replacement for Live@EDU – was vague. Today Microsoft announced at BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) – world’s largest education technology exhibition – the pricing and plans for Office 365 for Education:

Live@EDU customers will receive the same Microsoft Exchange services with new enhancements for free as part of Office 365 for Education, which includes:

  • Exchange Online for e-mail, mobile access, calendar, discovery, anti-virus and anti-spam. These enterprise-level services will continue to be free for students, educators and staff.
  • Control and management features
  • Outlook Web App
  • Single sign on
  • 24×7 IT-level support

In addition, the following services extend Microsoft’s commitment to bring students the latest technology free of charge and at academic licensing (USD$10 per month per person) for educators and staff:

  • SharePoint Online
  • Lync Online for IM and online discussions
  • Office Web Apps web productivity applications
  • My Sites and other new team sites
  • Site search capabilities

For organizations that want Office Professional Plus desktop software there will be a monthly price of USD$14 per educator and staff and USD$2 per student instead, which will include the following in addition to all the services listed above:

  • Office Professional Plus desktop software
  • On-premises licenses
  • Control and management features

According to Anna Kinney, Director of Live@EDU, when Office 365 launches later this year, existing Live@EDU customers will have a smooth transition path to the new platform. You can check out further details about the announcement by watching the video below:

Jon Perera, General Manager of Education Strategy, discusses the announcement for Office 365 for Education