School students will be able to download Microsoft Office software to their personal electronic devices for free, under a new deal between the software giant and the Ministry of Education.
A new agreement announced today by Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will also allow schools to move student and other electronic records on to cloud-based storage, and off school PCs and servers.
Ms Kaye announced the new deal during a visit to Wellington's Lyall Bay School this afternoon.
It extends an existing agreement with Microsoft for three years, and the deal continues to license core software for school computers.
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The ability for schools to move to a cloud-based IT environment was a key feature of the new agreement, Ms Kaye said, and would reduce cost for schools.
The ability to download Office software would also be a significant saving for students and families.
"Under the agreement, the ministry and Microsoft will work together to provide support and training to schools to help them make the transition to a cloud-based system."