Microsoft SA offers students free Office 365, OneDrive

Monday 26 June 2017 | 14:10 CET | News
Microsoft South Africa, together with Intervate and 2enable, have announced the creation of a portal for young South Africans called Mahala.ms. Through this portal, young people will be able to activate Microsoft licenses for the Microsoft Office 365 suite and OneDrive cloud-based storage services free of charge. The main objective of the platform is to enable learners, from grade R to 12, to become more productive and better prepared for the next phase of their academic careers or the workplace, by gaining free access to Office 365’s services, including Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.

In addition, students will receive one terabyte (1000 GB) worth of free OneDrive online storage to save their documents, class notes, assignments, research, podcasts and vodcasts. An IDC study that scanned 16.4 million job postings found that high-growth/high-wage jobs want employees with a range of skills that include a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. 

Through the Mahala.ms portal, students and parents are able to self-provision their licenses and install the software on up to five devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets or smartphones. Students can organise their school and personal data in one secure location, and are able to create and share content as well as collaborate on documents in real-time. Moreover, they can access useful educational resources.

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