NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Software giant Microsoft is donating a half a billion dollars’ worth of software to City University of New York students.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, Microsoft is donating its Office products to 480,000 students free of charge.

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“Each student will be able to download five copies of Office on their client device, whether it’s a PC or a Mac or any type of computer,” Microsoft’s Richard Langford said.

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CUNY Chancellor James Milliken explained why the free software is so important to his student population in particular.

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“Forty percent of our students hail from families with a household income of $20,000 or less,” he said.