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May 23, 2007

Purdue discounts on Microsoft software extended with more options

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University students and employees will pay a little more for Microsoft software beginning June 1, but they will still pay less than the average consumer and peers at other Big Ten universities and will have more options and access to new products through Purdue discount programs.

Most faculty and staff can obtain Microsoft software for university-related work on personally owned computers under the Microsoft Campus Agreement. An option under the program enables the same agreement to extend software availability to students for personally owned computers. In the past, Purdue subsidized licensing fees for students using the option, keeping the fees for some commonly used software around $15.

Starting June 1, a portion of Purdue's cost for individual participation in the program will be included in the over-the-counter software price at the West Lafayette campus. Prices now will be an anticipated $29 to $45.

Those software prices are lower than prices provided by another, more flexible agreement between Purdue and Microsoft. The more flexible agreements, referred to as "Student Select," provides discounts to all Purdue employees and students for additional software products not covered under the Microsoft Campus Agreement. Software prices under the Student Select agreement are anticipated to be between $30 to $110.

Some overlap exists between the Microsoft Campus Agreement and Student Select product discounts. Both discount programs offer MS Office and Windows Vista Upgrades, but Student Select also offers Microsoft Visio Pro and Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium and possibly other products.

“Under each of the two agreements, software is licensed for only one computer at a time,� said George Wyncott, software information manager for Information Technology at Purdue contracts and licensing. “However, this means that one license for any overlapped product may be acquired under both agreements, so a person could have a license for his or her desktop and laptop computers simultaneously. Another distinction is that all Student Select licenses are perpetual, compared to Microsoft Camps Agreement licenses, which require customers to uninstall the software if they later buy an updated version or leave the university without graduating."

Purdue expects Student Select products to become available at the West Lafayette campus by early June at the BoilerCopyMaker, located in the Purdue Memorial Union, Room 157. Purdue has participated in the Microsoft Campus Agreement program since 1999, and the current Microsoft contracts last through June 2009.

For more information about software licensing at Purdue, contact the Information Technology at Purdue contracts and licensing office at itap-licensing@purdue.edu.

Media contact: Jennifer Kapp, (765) 496-7406, jkapp@purdue.edu

Source: George Wyncott, (765) 496-8207,  wyncott@purdue.edu

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