[caption id="attachment_102774" align="alignleft" width="215"] With the announcement, Microsoft could strike a blow against Google, which has offered a similar suite of free online tools for schools.[/caption]

In a back-to-school move that could be the large company equivalent of distinguishing who has the cooler Trapper Keeper, Microsoft has released a free version of Office 365 for education, a cloud-based suite of tools that includes Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, as well as Exchange Online for eMail, SharePoint Online for collaborating, and more—rivaling Google’s education cloud.

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