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    Education version of Office 365 concern


    I just start to realize that I can get the Office 365 Education version with my alumni email, I've missed this great free offer for years!

    However, I have a concern, that is, will the document I create with Office 365 Education contain any of the personal information like my real full name or where I was graduated hidden in any parts of the documents / excel files??

    Because I am creating documents for use that is NOT intended to reveal any of my personal details...
    Last edited by Tsw88; 21 May 2019 at 16:34.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    You don't really purchase Office 365, more of a lease. It allows you six copies of the software and it stays current. This means it is the equivalent of Office 2019. It also comes with Outlook which is an attraction for some. It is a good price is you have multiple machines and want to stay current.

    Think there may be an option for one but it is priced high as far as I'm concerned unless you have to have Outlook mail client.

    Office 365 comes with more products, some you may not use.


    Office 2016 has been updated to Office 2019. So it is older software and will be support for ten years from release. It is a one time purchase. You can do the price comparison.


    You also get a lot of cloud storage with Office 365 which can be a selling point for some.


    Not trying to push you away from Office but LibreOffice creates and can use Office documents. Some advance items in Office maybe missing but it is free. You can save as docx or xlsx and Powerpoint. (Powerpoint doesn't convert as well as other products.)
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    No, Microsoft does not care about your school or personal information. In this day and age, digitally embedding certain information to id a file, such as program, OS and origination date would be digitally embedded.
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    bro67 said: View Post
    No, Microsoft does not care about your school or personal information. In this day and age, digitally embedding certain information to id a file, such as program, OS and origination date would be digitally embedded.
    No, what I mean is I am creating documents that I would like to spread over on the web but I don't want anyone to be able to find out my name from data hidden inside the documents like EXIF in image files
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    Tsw88 said: View Post
    No, what I mean is I am creating documents that I would like to spread over on the web but I don't want anyone to be able to find out my name from data hidden inside the documents like EXIF in image files
    No, none of your personal info is embedded into a file, unless you add to properties, while creating it.
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    bro67 said: View Post
    No, none of your personal info is embedded into a file, unless you add to properties, while creating it.

    Do you know that if some institutions or universities do not allow their students / alumni to download the office 365 to PC for offline use? My alumni email is eligible for Office 365 Education but looks like I am not able to use the Office 365 offline and for example as I click to create a document, it jumps to the browser... but I am not very familiar with Office, ...
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    Tsw88 said: View Post
    Do you know that if some institutions or universities do not allow their students / alumni to download the office 365 to PC for offline use? My alumni email is eligible for Office 365 Education but looks like I am not able to use the Office 365 offline and for example as I click to create a document, it jumps to the browser... but I am not very familiar with Office, ...
    Has zero to do with the school, but you do need a active .edu email. The school could care less about how you use software that they offer licenses through Microsoft’s .edu line availability, as long as it is not for illicit means.
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    bro67 said: View Post
    Has zero to do with the school, but you do need a active .edu email. The school could care less about how you use software that they offer licenses through Microsoft’s .edu line availability, as long as it is not for illicit means.
    My alumni email was eligible for free Office Education after entering my email address. However, I tried, but I couldn't find the link where I can download the Office inside my alumni panel???
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    Have you got an alumni association. They should be able to help. Maybe email or call them.

    I might also go to the office.com page and try signing in there.
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    Tsw88 said: View Post
    My alumni email was eligible for free Office Education after entering my email address. However, I tried, but I couldn't find the link where I can download the Office inside my alumni panel???
    Only if you still have your school email as alumni.
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