It is that time of year as thousands of high school seniors graduate and head towards their freshman year in colleges across the country.

There is a lot to get done and ready before they start classes and Microsoft offers some great options to help them through their studies and other extracurricular activities.

Windows Chip In – Crowdsourcing is a very popular method for getting projects accomplished and Microsoft provides a crowdsourcing solution to get your college student the latest hardware with Windows 8 on it. Microsoft is launching this new seasonal student buying program to help students get a new Windows 8 PC for school. Chip In lets students with a valid .edu email address crowd-source funds to help them purchase a qualified PC of their choosing from Microsoft will “chip in” 10% of the purchase price and for the first 10,000 students to fully fund their PC, Microsoft will also “chip in” Office 365 University at no additional charge! Check out the full list of PCs at! The program runs from June 4 until September 1, 2013.

Office 365 University – If your student already has a great computer already to begin college with then they will also need the most popular office suite of software on the planet to do their work and turn it in. By using Office 365 there is guaranteed compatibility for their work that gets submitted as everyone these days has to be able to read these standard formats.  Office 365 University provides the Office 2013 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher for the low price of $79.99 for all four years of their college career. An added benefit of this version is that the software can be installed on up to 2 PC’s or Macs, you get 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage to have your work always available in the cloud. Plus they will get 60 minutes of Skype world wide minutes each month to help them stay in touch with family and friends around the world.

Office Home and Student 2013 – The Office 365 University is by far the best option out there for your college student but if for some reason you are unable to use that one then this is an option.  This suite of software provides access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote but it can only be installed on one PC. The cost of this suite is $139.99 and there is no additional SkyDrive storage or Skype world wide minutes to be used each month.