Top 5 Tips for Back to School on a Budget
- Get Office 365 University: $79.99 USD for a four-year subscription
At just $1.67 per month, college and university students can’t afford not to get Office 365 University. Get the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook) for two devices, including PCs, Macs, iPads, or Windows tablets. A subscription also includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 minutes of Skype PC-to-phone world calling per month.
- Download OneNote: Free app for most popular computers, tablets, and phones and on the web
This year, make OneNote the single place for all your notes and information. With this digital notebook you can type, handwrite, paste and insert class notes and research anywhere, and organize them in notebooks and sections that are automatically saved and searchable. Additionally, it’s easy to share and collaborate with classmates for team projects and group assignments.
- Keep it in OneDrive: Free app for most popular computers, tablets, and phones and on the web
Here are five reasons to cross that USB-drive off your shopping list and use OneDrive: 1) You get 15 GB of cloud storage for free; 2) You can’t lose OneDrive; 3) You can easily store and share photos, videos, documents, and more; 4) You can access OneDrive on any device; 5) You get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage with an Office 365 Home or University subscription. 1 TB is the equivalent to approximately 50,000 trees made into paper and printed. That’s a lot of trees!
- Use Office Online: Free on the web
Who said nothing in life is free? Office Online offers free web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that let you create, view, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and notes. The best part is, no one needs an Office 365 subscription to work together on a team projects. With Office Online, students can collaborate on group assignments more easily, and parents can share the carpool schedule without having to send bulky attachments.
- Take the Acer Aspire Switch 10 to class: $379 USD
Not only does this device save you some serious cash, it’s the ultimate convertible of PCs. Rain or shine, it can be used in four modes – use it as a tablet, notebook or put it in tent mode to watch movies, or give a presentation. Not to mention, it’s compact and sleek so you can rest assured you got good looking device at a screaming deal.
Back to School Devices
Acer Aspire Switch 10: Portable Fun for just $379
Switch Things Up! Head back to school with the sleek, modern, brushed metallic design of the new Acer Aspire Switch 10. This convertible Windows 8.1 PC provides flexibility with quad-modes – tote the tablet, type with detachable keyboard, and pivot screen for sharing or watching videos.
Acer Aspire E series (11”): Style, Everywhere – starting at $199
For surfing the web, entertainment, studying and play, this stylish yet budget-friendly notebook with the new Windows will add more fun to your school life. Power through your whole day without plugging in thanks to the 7-hour battery life, and with a variety of colors and sleek, modern design, you’ll look good anywhere life takes you.
ASUS Transformer Book T100TA: Go-Getter + Tech Trendsetter + $349
ASUS Transformer Book T100 is two computers in one. First, it’s a stylish and lightweight ultraportable laptop with an Intel Atom quad-core processor for great productivity performance with Microsoft Office. But detach the 10.1-inch IPS display from the keyboard dock and Transformer Book is also a capable Windows8.1 tablet for easy entertainment at home and on the move. And with up to 11 hours battery life, it won’t tie you down.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series: Power every day for just $449
With the performance of a laptop and versatility of a tablet, this 2-in-1 PC features Intel processors, Windows 8.1 and an 11.6″ touch screen. Store your movies, music and maybe some school work – with plenty of storage, you can take it all with you.
HP Pavilion x360 (13”): 360° of flexibility. All around great value at $499
Easily convert from notebook to stand to tent to tablet mode for all your productivity and entertainment needs with this amazingly value-packed convertible PC, featuring a 360° hinge. The HP Pavilion x360 features touch for a more engaging and optimized Windows 8.1 experience.
Lenovo Flex 2 (15”): Flex and impress, only $599
Whether you’re working on a paper, giving a presentation, or just watching a movie, the Lenovo Flex 2 handles it all with ease. Its 10-point touchscreen flips 300 degrees, which makes it perfect for working in laptop mode or enjoying a movie in the unique stand mode. Plus, at under an inch thick, it’s lightweight and portable. Combine that with its roomy Full HD display and long battery life, and you’ll find it’s the laptop you’ll want with you all the time.
Toshiba Encore 2 (8”): Powerful Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet for $199
The Encore 2 8 tablet features an elegant Satin gold matte finish and are engineered with rounded edges that make them comfortable in hand. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, weighs less than a pound! Featuring a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display – perfect for on-the-go reading and studying.
Keep your Account Safe during Travel
- Add security info, and keep it up-to-date – One of the most important things you can do to help protect your account is to add security information, i.e. a mobile phone number or alternative email addresses. Attempts to enter your account with an incorrect password, or from an unknown location, will require you to verify ownership; something that’s likely to occur while you’re traveling. With security info in place, you simply need to verify ownership using the unique code sent to your mobile phone or email account. This helps keep you in control of your account, while keeping the bad guys out. Go ahead and add multiple phone numbers and email accounts if you’d like, and if you’ve already added security information to your account, just make sure it’s up-to-date.
- Install an identity verification app before you travel – For those times when you’re traveling out of cell phone range or set your device to airplane mode, you can use an identity verification app to access your account. Identity verification apps use industry-standard security code generation, and work with various other services and providers. To get the app, go to your Microsoft account security settings page ataccount.live.com/proofs/manage, and click ‘Set up’ under “Identity Verification Apps.” Details can be found here.
- Travel with your own device – In today’s digital world, it’s pretty common to use technology while traveling. It’s a great way to stay connected, watch movies, play games, check-in for flights, and more. If this sounds familiar, and if you use services attached to your Microsoft account while away from home, then we recommend traveling with a personal device whenever possible. It’s more secure than a public computer, and Microsoft is far more likely to recognize the device, greatly reducing the chances of you having to verify you’re the rightful account owner.