Free Office suite offered to campus

News Reporter

An agreement between the university and Microsoft now gives Texas State students, faculty and staff access to all Office 365 ProPlus programs free of charge.

Through the Microsoft Student Advantage program, the company has provided products to be used by the Texas State community, said Jose Rodriguez, director of Technology Resources-Business Services. Because of these partnerships, the university has been allowed to participate in programs to offer Microsoft to students at no cost, he said.

“The suite comes with all the essentials,” Rodriguez said. “We find that for most students, this is more than sufficient to what they need for their studies.”

According to a Microsoft News Center article, Office 365 ProPlus includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other applications that can be installed on up to five devices. Students will be able to access assignments in shared spaces and synchronize notes.
 Students can access the link to download the programs on the ITAC website, Rodriguez said.

“We as a university, more specifically our vice president, Dr. (Van) Wyatt, work closely with these corporations to be able to bring in these kinds of programs to our students,” Rodriguez said. “We always continue to ask what is out there that we can provide for our students.”

The programs will help prepare students for future careers by providing software experience before entering the job market, Rodriguez said.

“We know that Microsoft Office and some of their other tools are certain requirements that are needed in certain positions,” Rodriguez said.

 Suparno Banerjee, English assistant professor, said the free Microsoft Word is very beneficial to students.

 “I think Microsoft Word is the most user-friendly word processor, so students’ access to such a software is necessary,” Banerjee said. “It is an essential higher education tool, especially for students composing longer documents.”
Mackenzie Belcher, education freshman, heard about the new offer through a campus-wide email.

“Most college students are on budget, so to be able to save about $80 on something as needed as Microsoft Office is pretty great,” Belcher said.