Jamaica: 500,000 free Microsoft licences to boost Jamaica’s digital footprint

Jamaica will become more digitally equipped to take on the challenges of the 21st century, thanks to a partnership between Microsoft Corporation and the Ministry of Education in a deal worth US$15 million (J$2.1 billion) annually and which will see the tech firm providing 500,000 Microsoft Office 365 Education Software licences to students in local educational institutions free of cost.

Education Minister Fayval Williams, who made the disclosure Tuesday in the House of Representatives, said the collaboration is aimed at making technology readily available to students while exposing them to the suite of skills and applications that enhance their learning experiences while preparing them for the 21st Century workforce.

The free licences include full office suite with excel, power point, OneNote, publisher for PC only, access (PC only), as well as services that include teams and SharePoint, forms, among others.

“This licence also allows 500,000 students to download the office pro plus, word, excel, etc to any of their home PCs so they enjoy the same experience at home as at school,” said Williams.


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