Microsoft commercial enterprise customers who pay for Microsoft’s Software Assurance plans have had the choice to make available discounted copies of Office for their personnel to use at home. They’ve performed so through a Software Assurance benefit known as the Home Use Program (HUP). HUP is persevering with, but it is inside the midst of a few large changes.
Thanks to a heads-up from the licensing specialists at The Licensing School U.K., I currently found out about those coming HUP modifications.
The modern HUP Office advantage permits Software Assurance clients to buy Office 365 ProPlus (that’s the middle set of Office apps for Windows, made available via an Office 365 subscription) or Office Professional Plus 2019/Office Home and Business 2019 (the non-subscription variations of Office for Windows/Mac for small-enterprise customers) for a reduction. The discounted fee for U.S. Users is $14.99 for both of these options.
The up to date HUP for Office choice will permit enterprise customers to purchase Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal subscriptions at a 30 percent cut price. To qualify, clients want to both have Software Assurance or a sure wide variety of Office 365/Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 licenses (2,000 for business corporations and academic and nonprofit customers). There is a (buried) mention of an alternative to shop for the non-subscription version of Office 2019 for a $14.Ninety-nine on Microsoft’s licensing web page.)
There are a couple of different adjustments coming to the HUP Office application. Even if employees leave the businesses that have the volume licensing/Software Assurance dating with Microsoft, they will be capable of maintaining to use their discounted Office 365 Home/Personal subscription so long as they maintain buying it.
IT administrators managing the HUP Program also not do so through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC) or Business Center Portal (BCP). Instead, Microsoft is directing them to the Microsoft Store for Business for this task. The HUP admin web site on VLSC and www.Microsofthup.Com both ceased operation at the give up of January in international locations in which the brand new HUP Office software already is available.
Microsoft has now not yet released the brand new HUP Office software within the U.S. A message at the U.S. Site says “The new Microsoft Home Use Program might be launching within the U.S. Soon. You’re invited to return lower back in early 2019 and take advantage of this one-of-a-kind program.” It’s also not but available in China, Japan, Russia, Hong Kong and some of the different nations.
I asked Microsoft approximately the reasons in the back of its numerous HUP Office program adjustments. A spokesperson stated: “Customers had been inquiring for an Office HUP presenting and these updates are intended to assist the one’s requests.”