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27th August 2009, 01:44 PM #1
Work@home rights - how do you handle installation?
Reading this: Microsoft UK Education - Types of Educational Licence - Select Licence It appears our staff have access to work-at-home rights for Office 2007 Enterprise (Select Agreement), as was the case with Office 2K (yes, that old and crusty ).
Our staff are honest and unlikely to deliberately leak keys etc, but I can't say the same for their offspring or a mishap.
I have a copy of Microsoft's Work at Home Acceptance Form that I plan to adapt regarding policy, how do you handle the practical "install software on machine"? How are you ensuring you licensing info, serials and media don't go walkabout?
27th August 2009, 02:11 PM #2
I'm not sure if it is still the case, but there used to be a portal where the staff logged on to request a media kit (about £15).
I'm not sure where you stand about installing yourself on equipment using VLKs though.
Your Microsoft Volume Licensing reseller should be able to help, or spend a bit of time poking around on licensing.microsoft.com - that's where I found it a couple of years ago I think!
27th August 2009, 03:42 PM #3
We operate an external service if the end user cannot bring their workstation in so as not to let serials and media fall into the wrong hands, as you have said your staff you trust but their siblings not...............nuff said!
27th August 2009, 04:55 PM #4
Home Use Program is better, however:
Microsoft Product Activation and Academic Volume Licensing
Do note: "Software for Work-related purposes at home under its Microsoft School Subscription Enrollment. You are not licensed to use the Software at home for personal purposes."
28th August 2009, 09:56 AM #5
Home Use Programme v. Work at Home Rights
If you've got a School Agreement (or Campus Agreement if you're from FE/HE), then I think an easier-to-manage option is to use the Home Use Programme. Basically, it means that once you've taken one step (a tick box in the MVLS system) you then simply send staff to a webpage, where they place their order directly and it is shipped to them.
It avoids you having to manage media etc, and staff receive a licensed media pack and licence key directly from us. And it costs them a tenner.
(There's also a Mac version available on this scheme)
It's also lower workload for you than Work At Home eg it's the employee who owns the responsibility for making sure they're correctly licensed - eg to stop using it if they leave your employment
There's a blog post on the Schools blog from earlier this year with the details and links:
Microsoft UK Schools News Blog : Lowest cost for Office 2007 - Home Use Programme for schools
And finally, I think the main reason to put the small print in the Work At Home rights about work use, not personal, is to avoid a potential tax liability for your staff. Home Use Rights has been separately cleared by one of the Big 3 accountants as having no liability
2 Thanks to rayfleming:
bossman (28th August 2009), pete (28th August 2009)
28th August 2009, 11:15 AM #6
Thanks for the link, Ray. I'm considering taking out a Schools Agreement this year, so that is really helpful.
28th August 2009, 12:01 PM #7
Ray, we have a Select Plus agreement* via the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust, does that still qualify for the Home Use Programme?
Originally Posted by rayfleming
*based on the predicted timescale for our next office upgrade, it was cheaper for us to buy the licences outright.
28th August 2009, 12:19 PM #8
If you have Software Assurance with it, then yes, but not without.
Originally Posted by pete
You can still use Work at Home instead - just involves a little more work for you.
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