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The next stage for the Student Advantage Scheme now underway

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The next stage for the Student Advantage Scheme now underwayThe Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) and Microsoft Malta has advised that students who registered for the Student Advantage Scheme can now start the activation process to download and install Office 365.

Those students who have registered their interest in the scheme during January and February 2014 can now download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for free and be able to use it from anywhere. Office 365 Education includes familiar applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and OneNote.

Those students who successfully signed-up for the scheme shall check their academic mailbox which ends with the @ilearn.edu.mt domain and click on the Office 365 Mail tab. In their mailbox, they will find an email from Student Advantage at MITA with information on how to activate, install and start using the free Office 365 software. The activation process for MCAST students will start in due course.

Following the intention expressed by the Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat for the majority of students to benefit from this scheme, further discussions between MITA and Microsoft resulted in an agreement to extend the Student Advantage Scheme.

Now, those students who attend state schools, Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary students and MCAST but have not registered for the scheme in the allotted time window will still be able to benefit from the free Office 365. These students will be contacted in May with information on how to activate their software.

This means that some 40,000 students in Malta and Gozo hailing from state schools and MCAST will be benefiting from the Student Advantage Scheme.

For mote information and step-by-step video tutorials on how to activate and install the software as well as how to start using OneDrive are available on www.mita.gov.mt/studentadvantage.

The Office 365 suite works on virtually any electronic device (PC and Mac) and operating system (Windows, Android and iOS). Besides installing the software on their desktop computer or laptop, students can use the software on other devices through cloud computing and are able to make use of this software on five different devices (PCs, laptops, tablets or smart phones). Students are also getting 25GB of free online space where they can save all their work. The free online space is available though Microsoft’s OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive).

The retail value of the entire package is €99 per student per year but with this scheme students can download it and use it for free throughout their scholastic years.

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