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Microsoft launches Office 365 for Education

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A new version of Office 365 is now available, and it's directly at educational institues.

Microsoft Logo (Verge Stock)
Microsoft Logo (Verge Stock)

Microsoft has launched a new version of its Office 365 online productivity suite and it's aimed specifically at educational institutes. Office 365 for Education replaces Microsoft's previous Live@Edu service, with all previous customers getting an automatic upgrade to the new version. Like other versions of the online suite — such as the recently launched Office 365 for Government — users have access to apps like Microsoft Exchange Online and Office Web Apps, and the service maintains the same level of security, with support for standards like EU Safe Harbor and the US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The likes of Dartmouth College, Cornell University, and Gonzaga University have already signed up, and Microsoft told Information Week that it hopes the service will grow as large as 250 million students by 2020. "We think this market is really ripe to move to the cloud," said Microsoft Office VP Kirk Koenigsbauer.