You mentioned Work at Home rights, which allows you to give your staff software to use on their home PC. In discussions with schools, many of them don't use this, because of the obligation on the school to keep a reasonably tight rein on the software - for example, to ensure that staff have removed it if they leave school. And the other issue that comes up is that technically staff are only permitted to use this at home for school work.
If you've got a School Agreement, or Campus Agreement, or subscribe to Software Assurance (which means this will apply to a few thousand schools) then there is an alternative way to help staff get Office for home use, and it is a darn sight easier to manage (and more flexible).
It's called Home Use Programme, and it allows the school licensing administrator to tick a box on a web page, and then staff go independently to a website and order the Office Enterprise themselves. It costs about £13 per copy, and staff pay with their own credit card, get the software shipped directly to them (and can Microsoft for support, in the same way that they could if they'd bought a retail version).
You (the school) are obliged to tell them that they should stop using the software if the school discontinue your School Agreement, or if they leave the employment of the school. But you aren't responsible for managing their licence, and they aren't restricted to only using it for school-related work.
You can also place a bulk order, and then distribute to staff. And at the moment, if you order bulk copies on behalf of staff, you pay £6 per copy as long as you order 20 copies. And of course, under this way of buying, you'd probably charge staff for their copy - it's just an easy way to bulk order
Blog post, and all the relevant links, are here
I think you'll find that for the MS Select agreement, you have to licence every machine that could run Windows. You don't have the option of just licencing those you will run Windows on. This should include all your Intel-based Apples running MAC OS X...
Oh, and stop whingeing about your measly little £8K costs - last year ours was £15K+
The MS Schools Agreement has the requirement that you license all the machines that could run Windows.
Also, I bet your school is a lot larger than ours, namely a secondary with equivalent levels of secondary funding. We are a middle school, so have 2 years of secondary and 2 of primary. So a lot less funding...
About Becta - Becta refers its interoperability complaint to the European Commission - Bectan October 2007 Becta complained to the UK competition regulator – the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) - alleging:
* anti-competitive licensing practices by Microsoft in the schools software marketplace
Last edited by CyberNerd; 21st May 2009 at 09:01 AM.
The only odd one is Terminal Server CALs. If you are like us, with 100 thin clients, which won't run XP/Vista/7 then you would think you wouldn't have to license them to use it, but the rule is that if we want to use Office on them, then we also have to pay for the Xp/Vista license too. If we don't want to run Office, then we don't have to pay for the extra 100 XP/Vista licenses.
Our thin clients are 1.6Ghz atom mobos with 2GB ram. I guess that puts them into the MSTax bracket.
Any chance you can link me to a document that says about the TC's:
It is the same as with any license under MS Schools. eg. You want to run Encarta and Office, you have 200 desktops and 100 thin clients connecting to a farm of 2k3 servers you would need:
300 Windows Desktop Licenses
300 Office Licenses
300 TS Cals
300 Server CALs
300 Encarta licenses
ie. you have to include the TS's in the count if you intend to run them with any software...
Presumably software assurance is purchased at the point they buy from their suppliers and the LA alone receive the relevant registration details/PIN numbers [whatever is provided to allow registration on the MVLS site], but not provided the individual school purchasing the licensing. Is that correct ?
How do schools who purchase through their LA's get software assurance on the licenses they purchase ?
And if they can get SA via LA licensing purchases do these still provide free upgrade to next version rights ?
Does this only apply to MSSchools agreement - If I had bought MSOffice and TSCAls on a perpetual license, would I also need the XP/Vista.
Are you sure the MSresellers are not just trying for some extra commission, it just doesn;t sound right/legal to me.
With schools agreement it seems that you license per computer. If you want to license Office under it then all computers have to be licensed for Office, if your licensing Windows all computer have to be licensed to run it etc.
Should any suppliers be listing office *seprately" on schools agreement then this is totally wrong (one well known supplier screwed up my schools agreement in this way and it took nearly the year to sort out).
From SA documentation "Microsoft provides the following “Desktop” packages, which offer a discounted price over the cost of licensing the products individually."
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