Back to School Tech on a Budget
1. Get Office 365 University: $79.99 USD for a four-year subscription
At just $1.67 per month, college and university students can’t afford not to get Office 365 University. Get the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook) for two devices, including PCs, Macs, iPads, or Windows tablets. A subscription also includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 minutes of Skype PC-to-phone world calling per month.
2. Download OneNote: Free app for most popular computers, tablets, and phones and on the web
This year, make OneNote the single place for all your notes and information. With this digital notebook you can type, handwrite, paste and insert class notes and research anywhere, and organize them in notebooks and sections that are automatically saved and searchable. Additionally, it’s easy to share and collaborate with classmates for team projects and group assignments.
3. Keep it in OneDrive: Free app for most popular computers, tablets, and phones and on the web
Here are five reasons to cross that USB-drive off your shopping list and use OneDrive: 1) You get 15 GB of cloud storage for free; 2) You can’t lose OneDrive; 3) You can easily store and share photos, videos, documents, and more; 4) You can access OneDrive on any device; 5) You get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage with an Office 365 Home or University subscription. 1 TB is the equivalent to approximately 50,000 trees made into paper and printed. That’s a lot of trees!
4. Use Office Online: Free on the web
Who said nothing in life is free? Office Online offers free web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that let you create, view, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and notes. The best part is, no one needs an Office 365 subscription to work together on a team projects. With Office Online, students can collaborate on group assignments more easily, and parents can share the carpool schedule without having to send bulky attachments.
5. Take the Acer Aspire Switch 10 to class: $379 USD
Not only does this device save you some serious cash, it’s the ultimate convertible of PCs. Rain or shine, it can be used in four modes – use it as a tablet, notebook or put it in tent mode to watch movies, or give a presentation. Not to mention, it’s compact and sleek so you can rest assured you got good looking device at a screaming deal.
Disclosure: As a Microsoft Windows Champion, I receive devices and services to use throughout the year.
I never had One Drive when I was in college! I use it often now and find it very useful.
Margarita Ibbott says
Great advice for back to school! My daughter is heading to university this fall so I will definitely pass this alone to her.
Bonnie @ wemake7 says
Haven’t heard of this yet. Thanks for posting. Will share this with others. Sounds very useful. Thanks. =)
I don’t know anybody going back to school, except for my granddaughter.
Ann Bacciaglia says
My son starts college and my daughter starts grade 12. We have Office 365 set up on our pc’s to help us with school work and business work.
Angele @shoeboxbegone says
onedrive is awesome, and onenote is just like a real subject divided notebook…. only better!
Maria Oller says
I couldn’t do anything in my life without office in my house word and excel are everyday tools for me and husband. ofc power point and access are really useful too.
Amanda Love says
My daughter is heading off to college and I just purchased Office for her Mac. It’s what most people use anyway so she totally needed it.
Rebecca Swenor says
Great advice and tips for those going back to college. My son is going next year. Thanks for sharing.
Great tips for back to school and microsoft anything is always a good idea for kids to have in school. It’s a must have.