Microsoft launches free scheme


 Haresh Khoobchandani, centre, managing director of Microsoft (Thailand) Limited, stands with representatives from the first group of schools and universities in Thailand participating the Student Advantage program. MICROSOFT (Thailand) has officially kicked off a "Student Advantage" scheme to allow students in 10 educational institutes to use Office 365 ProPlus free of charge.

Managing director Haresh Khoobchandani said the aim was to encourage Thai students to experience this subscription-based version of Microsoft Office and experience the benefits of digital-security protection. It also gives students a chance to improve their digital literacy and skills.

The company installed ProPlus in two institutes a few months ago, and launched the main Student Advantage programme in another eight schools yesterday. By the end of this year, the company aims to encourage 20 more institutes to join the programme.

Ome Sivadith, national technology officer at Microsoft (Thailand), said that to join Student Advantage, educational institutes are required to get all of their teachers to use the Education Desktop Package, which consists of Windows Upgrade, Microsoft Office, and a Client Access Licence.

Under the programme, each of the 10 participating institutions is allowed to install Office 365 ProPlus free of charge in five personal computers (including Macs) and five mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets across platforms.

Usable on and offine

Office 365 ProPlus includes not only Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint but also OneNote and Office Online, as well as 1 terabyte of OneDrive for Business.
"Students can use Office 365 ProPlus in both online and |offline modes," Ome said.

The 10 educational institutes are the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Kampheng Phet Rajabhat University, Stamford International University (Thailand), Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok Christian College, Bangkok Patana School, Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School, NIST International School, Saint Gabriel's College, and St Andrews International School Bangkok.

Microsoft's Student Advantage scheme has been deployed in 35,000 institutes globally.

By the end of this year, there could be around 20 million students worldwide using Office 365 ProPlus.
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