Microsoft has really been pushing its subscription-based Office 365 service and the company today announced a new subscription tier geared towards students. Announced via the Microsoft Office blog, the new subscription is available only to university and college students and is called Office 365 University.
Students will be able to purchase Office 365 University in the first quarter of 2013 when it will be offered online, at retail locations, and at Microsoft Stores in 52 markets around the world. The suite will include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access and will last for four years. Students also have the option of renewing for another four years for a total of eight years. Students will get an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage (for a total of 27 GB) as well as 60 Skype world minutes per month. Priced at $80, it works out at just under $1.67 per month for the subscription.
Microsoft's Jevon Fark writes that both full- and part-time students at universities and colleges are eligible to purchase Office 365 University, as well as faculty and staff in accredited institutions. Going forward, students can buy Office University 2010 or Office University for Mac 2011 and receive a free subscription to Office 365 University when it becomes available.