More than a million students, including many in the District, will be able to download Microsoft software for free at home, through an agreement between the non-profit Communities in Schools and the technology giant.
Officials said the boost in technology will help bridge a digital divide by providing the tools to students who traditionally have less access.
The licenses will go to students in the 2,200 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia that are working with Communities in Schools, a drop out prevention program.
The suite of Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus includes: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Lync, and OneDrive with access to cloud storage.
Students will also be able to pursue training and certifications through Microsoft’s on-line IT Academy.
Dan Cardinali, president of Communities in Schools, said the collaboration will “provide their students with technology that can help close the achievement gap and better prepare students for real jobs.”
Microsoft also recently partnered with the Maryland Education Department, and is making the software available for free to public school students statewide.