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?
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