If you’re working for a school that has a Microsoft School Agreement, then read on…
As part of our Software Assurance programme, which is a standard part of a School Agreement, we include a benefit called the Home Use Programme (HUP). This gives employees of the school the opportunity to buy Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 for £12.93. HUP is mainly designed for business users of Microsoft software, to increase employee satisfaction, employee retention, and training and productivity. (I’ll whisper this so that only the IT people hear - It’s also been seen to reduce support costs). The licence allows employees to use the software as long as they work for the organisation, and as long as the organisation is covered by Software Assurance.
Unlike similar schemes, the employee is the one responsible for correctly licensing (ie you simply have to let them know when they should stop using it, you’re not expected to enforce this). And finally, the system takes no administration from the organisation – the employee places their order online, using their own credit card, and receives the software and support directly from Microsoft.
For some reason, even though it has been around a while, not that many people have taken it up.
It is easy to activate:
It’s that simple.
And instead of paying £90 in a shop for Office Home & Student, your employees have Office Enterprise for less than £15.
We’ve got HUP Information Packs sitting here in the office, with a resources CD to help promote it internally. If you want one, just drop Sam an email
And finally, there’s also an option where the administrator can order multiple copies on behalf of employees, where the price has been dropped to under £7 if you order 20+ before 15th June. That’s all on https://licensing.microsoft.com too.
An excellent SA benefit, and many thanks to James for sending out the Starter Kit which arrived today. Looking forward to offering this to our staff.
However, one problem for schools with this is that you can't add the school's email domain (presuming the school is using the standard "school.country.sch.uk" domain style) when signing up on the MVLS website as it rejects it as an invalid domain name.
Thanks for letting me know. I'll look into it and see if I can get a quick answer.
Can you drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that I can let you know the answer directly too.
This has now been fixed & we've been able to successfully sign up.