Can we supply Microsoft Office with BYOD Devices?
The product recommended for BYOD devices is Microsoft Office 365. This is a cloud-based package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive) that normally sells for NZ$165 per annum. The good news is that the Ministry of Education has negotiated a Student Advantage Licence for home use (with up to 5 devices/student) at no cost to students. This is managed by Datacom as part of the Microsoft School Software Agreement. From 1 December 2013, every school and tertiary provider in New Zealand that licenses Office for staff and faculty is eligible to get Office 365 Pro Plus for its students at no additional cost.
Schools choosing to use Office 365 will be responsible for securing licences (see below) and helping families load the software to their BYOD laptops.
How are Office 365 licences allocated to students?
The Ministry agreement (for an Office 365 A2 Plan) includes:
- Cloud based email, calendar and contacts
- Use your own domain name
- Instant messaging, voice and video chat
- Online conferencing with desktop sharing
- Web-based viewing and editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files
The student software client (Office 365 Pro Plus) can be ordered by schools online or by contacting Datacom.
Will the Office 365 Pro Plus software work on laptops if they are not connected to the internet?
Yes. Once the Office software is downloaded to a student’s laptop, the software can be used offline without a live internet connection.