Elimination of the Microsoft License Charge

In 2012 the University of Victoria enrolled in a Microsoft Enrollment for Educations Solutions (EES) licensing agreement that provides all faculty and staff access to Microsoft software.  The cost of a “campus wide” license is significantly less than the aggregate cost of the individual purchases of Microsoft licenses on campus.  There was no charge to departments, faculty, or staff to use Microsoft software under this license agreement on all existing desktop or laptop computers. A $69 Microsoft License Charge had been implemented on all new institutional purchases of computers to help fund the Microsoft EES agreement.  This charge is significantly less than the previous cost of Microsoft Office ($74.38) and the Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise upgrade (a $279.99 value). 

The purpose of this memo is to inform you that effective immediately the Microsoft License Charge has been eliminated.  The funding for the Microsoft EES agreement will now be provided centrally.

Through this agreement, all departments, faculty, and staff are 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.

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