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Microsoft Student Advantage announcement
Folks, this looks to be a significant announcement today from Microsoft for higher education. See student advantage section in the first URL , second URL focuses on that. I suspect there will be clarifying questions or transition questions at our meeting today, 5.30 PM in room 303b and that should fit nicely in the agenda spot under Microsoft item for any licensing changes. My quick analysis is that if you have licensing/support for all your faculty and staff for Office Pro, such as thru Office 365 or via Campus Agreement, then as of 1 December , your students are covered at no additional charge for Office Pro via Office 365. As I understand Office 365, the Office Pro is streaming download ( not software as a service like Exchange, SP or Lync) for up to 5 machines per person. Some issues I am thinking about today...now remember I may not have the details spot on so this is just what I am thinking about! - at UT we covered the students as well as faculty staff for Campus Agreement Office Pro. So how to transition over what period of time and even if we should transition - Now new program appears to have some significant Pros such as: no additional cost for having students given my faculty staff are licensed; up to 5 computers per student including PC, MAC and lighter version for IOS/Android/Win phone/tablet; download is actual streaming type download so student can start using faster than a pure download/install - but some issues to consider such as I think student will not have media nor access after leaving school; currently in CA they can have media and the license version at graduation continues post graduation; network issues; funding issues for my schools using media as one way to help fund the program; what is most efficient way to quickly stand up office 365 office pro for the students across our system or by school as some of our schools already have office 365 going for Exchange email for a portion of their population; what if some schools need more time or want the current program. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/oct13/10-15skillspr.aspx And... http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_on_the_issues/archive/2013/10/15/mi... Hope to see you this afternoon! Regards, Marg Sent from my iPad Margaret (Marg) H. Knox The University of Texas System ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.