Microsoft now allows teachers to give students Office 365 for free

microsoft-building99If you’re an instructor at a school that licenses Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus, today you can officially give your students access to those programs at no additional cost.

First announced back in October, Microsoft’s Student Advantage program launches today for more than 35,000 educational institutions worldwide.

In a blog post, the Redmond software giant wrote about the importance of proficiency with Microsoft Office when it comes to job applications. The company went as far as referencing a competitor, noting that “even Google’s own job postings require competency with Microsoft Office tools.”

Speaking of school, Microsoft probably would hope that students are using Windows tablets to get work done — after all, you’ll fail with an iPad.