Office 365 for Cardiff University students
The below is quoted from an email from CUSU.
Free Microsoft Office for Cardiff University StudentsA new initiative from Microsoft which provides the Office Suite of software free of charge will be available to current students studying at Cardiff University from Thursday 6th March. This initiative will provide current students with free access to the complete Office 2013 suite (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher, Outlook and OneNote) on up to five desktop / laptop devices, and additionally on up to five mobile devices. Software under the 'Student Advantage' scheme will be able to be downloaded by current Cardiff University students from their web-based University email account. If you'd like to find out more, look here.
Microsoft already offer some great student prices (you need to authenticate with .ac.uk email address) on their 2013 suite, of which I have already taken advantage. Naturally, the initial announcement of this scheme came a couple of days after I had paid up(!) This scheme gives access for home use of the suite of Office 365 applications, which provide some innovative cloud service integration features and will update if/when a new software version is released, i.e. you will not have to pay an upgrade fee to get the next version. The trade off is that 365 is subscription based, meaning when leaving your studies your access will cease to work unless you subscribe yourself of buy a static license. Nonetheless this is a very positive move.
Now if only the University could find a way of licensing Endnote for home use for us ...