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Schools here in Ohio were given the word this week that Microsoft is phasing out Student Select.  Office and Windows will get the axe effective April 1st.  The company is moving to a direct download model like they have done with,, etc. 

This is bad news for schools like mine that have significant investments in promoting Student Select and use it as a revenue generator to pay for student programs.  I haven't asked yet, but I assume that eAcademy will also be cut off from these products.  

Under the new "Office University" program, Office Pro Plus will now cost $99 for digital download, which is much higher than we were selling it under student select, so our students will also be paying more.  Schools will be allowed to "bulk up" and buy product prior to April 1st and continue to sell until inventories are depleted, so if you buy early, you might be able to make it through summer orientations.  

Anyway, here is the announcement Microsoft sent us yesterday:

Microsoft is rationalizing the range of offerings available to students, in order to reduce confusion in the marketplace and to focus efforts around key offers for Office and Windows upgrade.

These changes will affect Student Select only, and relate to Microsoft® Office and Microsoft® Windows 7 Upgrade. All faculty offerings under Academic Select – including Microsoft Office Professional and Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade - will also remain unchanged. The details of the current changes are:

Microsoft Office:

·        Office Professional Plus 2010, and Office for Mac 2011  under Student Select will no longer be available for purchase through student select starting April 1, 2012

·        As of this date, these SKUs will not be on the price list or available to order

Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade

·        The Windows 7 Upgrade under Student Select will no longer be for purchase through student select starting April 1, 2012

·        As of this date, this SKU will not be on the price list or available to order

Microsoft is still evaluating the remaining products in student select and will send additional communications when details are available. In light of these changes there are important considerations how students can obtain licenses for Office and the Windows Upgrade in the future.

The first program to consider is an evaluation of Student Option available through our subscription licensing programs. In advance of the changes to Student Select Microsoft made it easier to provide the great benefits of Windows 7 upgrade and Office to your students by adding free benefits to Student Option including:

·        New for Administrators: Free electronic download, no more managing discs!

·        New for Students: free technical support

·        New for Administrators: Free management of the Student Option program.

Student Option is an easy way to license software for use by students on their personally owned device or institution-owned device that is assigned to an individual student. The Student Option offers these great benefits:

·        For the Administrator: Easy counting. Easy to administer with ESD (see sidebar).

·        For the Student: Upgrade rights, e-learning benefits

·        For the Student: Rights to perpetual license upon graduation

Contact your reseller to add Student Option to your exiting subscription agreement or to initiate a new subscription agreement for your school or university. It’s easy – count your students once per year and they are all covered throughout the subscription term.

If you already have Student Option, request a webstore through the EES Fulfillment Center by completing the request form at or by sending an email to An e-academy representative will contact you within 24-48 hours.

The second offering to consider for students wishing to purchase an individual copy of Office with a perpetual license will be one of the following:

Office University 2010 & Office for Mac University 2011 (Higher Education students only)

·        These are new verified Academic Product offerings for higher Education Students & faculty only, and will be introduced in February 2012 as a full packaged product and available for download.

·        Office University is intended for students enrolled in a higher education institution (or faculty of higher education institution)

·        Student status is verified by Microsoft using an Academic Verification Engine website.

·        The estimated retail price for Office University 2010 and Office for Mac University is $99 and these two products will replace Office Professional Academic 2010 and Office for Mac Academic 2011 SKUs.

Contact your reseller or distributor to get details on how to order Office University when it is available starting in February 2012.

Office Home & Student 2010 (K12 & FE students)

Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student is the current offering for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 wishing to purchase an individual perpetual license of Microsoft Office for their studies. Office Home and Student 2010 is available today at a variety of retail and online outlets including the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft continues to review existing Academic volume licensing offerings for students in advance of future product releases and changing customer needs. Please send your recommendations or feedback so they can be considered going forward. In addition please send specific questions regarding this transition in order to have them addressed in a timely manner.

Thank you for being a valued Microsoft customer.

 Verne Smith 
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