Over the last couple of months and even weeks, we have seen how competitive the push for “the cloud” has gotten. From Amazon making changes to Microsoft adjusting pricing for Azure. Well, Office 365 has been no stranger to those adjustments, even more so if you are in the Education Sector.
I have strongly believed for the last number of years, when my involvement in the SharePoint community increased, SharePoint would make a great platform for Education. Students are working with homework, pushing those documents out to teachers, and perhaps having research worth sharing with other individuals within the school corporations.
Now, for the free part, it is focused on students, faculty and staff. That, in a nutshell, gives you Office Web Apps (a version of the Microsoft Office tools such as Excel, Word, OneNote and PowerPoint, hosted in Office 365, with no need for a client download), Lync, SharePoint Online and Email. To me it sounds like a great tool-set. There are other plans and tiers, but those will come at a cost, but even then the cost does not go past $6.00/month. For more information, see the link: http://www.microsoft.com/liveatedu/learn-about-office-365.aspx?locale=en-US&country=US
If you are an Education Sector Organization in K-12 specifically, talk to us. Let’s work together in bringing in a great solution to back your great efforts in shaping our nation’s future.