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Microsoft Office logoFree Microsoft Office for students and teachersPlus 1TB free online storage through OneDrive

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If you're a student or working in education and have an academic email address that can receive external email, you may be able to get a couple of decent freebies from Microsoft.

Free Microsoft Office

What do you get? The ability to download the entire Office software suite – including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access – on up to five PCs or Macs (the last two are on PC-only).

Who can get it? Students and staff at universities, colleges and schools which have an institution-wide licence for Office through the Microsoft Volume Licensing programme. Microsoft says 99.9% of universities, 87% of colleges and a "large number" of schools in the UK are eligible.

How do I get it? Enter your academic email address on the Office website. You'll be asked to log in through your institution's online portal and if you're eligible, you'll be redirected to a page where you can download the software.

1 Terabyte (TB) free online storage

What do you get? A whopping 1TB of free online storage (1000 gigabytes) through OneDrive (others now only get 5GB free) and use of collaborative platforms like Yammer and SharePoint.

Who can get it? Again, this is aimed at students and staff with an academic email address, though the university, college or school doesn't have to have licensed Office as above.

How do I get it? Enter your uni, college or school email address on the Office website. You'll be asked to log in through your institution's online portal, then follow the instructions.

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