Microsoft software licensing

The University of Victoria has enrolled in a Microsoft Enrollment for Educations Solutions (EES) licensing agreement that provides the university with access to Microsoft software.  Through this agreement, all departments, faculty, and staff will be licensed to use the most up-to-date versions of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office on all UVic-owned computers.  This license also provides the campus with the ability to use Microsoft SharePoint to facilitate collaboration, Microsoft Exchange to provide email and calendar services, and enables students to use the latest Microsoft technologies in all computer labs.

In addition to the institutional benefits of this license, this agreement also permits all faculty and staff to obtain a copy of Microsoft Office for home use for only $11.  Details on the Microsoft Home Use Program can be found on the University Systems website.

There is no charge to departments, faculty, or staff to use Microsoft software under this license agreement on all existing desktop or laptop computers.  A Microsoft License Charge has been implemented on all new institutional purchases of computers.  This $69 charge will help to fund the Microsoft EES agreement and takes the place of the existing costs of Microsoft Office ($74.38) and the Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade (a $279.99 value).  Not only will this charge enable all new computers to use the current versions of Microsoft software, but this will also remove any barriers to updating this software with the latest versions for the life of the workstation.

To learn more about these changes to Microsoft software licensing, download licensed Microsoft software, or learn more about the Microsoft License Charge, please visit the University Systems website.