Free Office 365 for all Palomar College employees and students

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Yes I am serious, and no this is not a scam. All students and employees of Palomar College are already licensed to use Office 365 for free. In fact, we are licensed to have up to five copies of Office installed on our computers, as well as full access to the full-featured versions of all the online Office applications. Oh, plus 1024 Gb of storage space on the OneDrive cloud storage system.

For free.

At one time students were required to put in an account request, but thankfully that process is no longer needed. Your account should already exist and be ready for you to start using. All you should need to do is to visit the website, and Sign in using your Palomar email address as username, and whatever your Palomar email password is.

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So, did your instructor just tell you that you must turn in your work using the Word format? No problem, just use your copy of Word, online or offline. Did you just get an assignment to build a PowerPoint presentation along with several classmates? No problem, just start a presentation, save it to your OneDrive, and invite the other folks in your group to collaborate in building the file. Were you working on your file at home, and forgot to bring your USB drive with you to campus? Well, if you also were saving to your OneDrive, then no worries… otherwise you’re out of luck. (Almost enough to make you try using cloud storage of files, isn’t it?)

Oh, and I did mention this is for free, didn’t I?

5 thoughts on “Free Office 365 for all Palomar College employees and students

    1. Yes. The Office 365 license grants you the right to install the latest version of Office on up to five computers, as well as access to the online versions of Office from any number of other computers. Impressive, no?

  1. How long is Office 365 good for after we have installed it? For one year, end of this semester….?

    1. Microsoft doesn’t put a particular time limit on the offer. I haven’t been able to find any details on how frequently Microsoft intends to require proof that users continue on as students or employees of Palomar, either.

      I’m afraid the best answer I can give is “until further notice.”

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