There’s a new guide on the Home Use Program, aimed at those people who manage HUP benefits within a business. These days the benefits are managed through the Microsoft Store for Business, and the guide takes administrators through the steps needed to get set up for this, including using the Azure AD authentication and identity service. There are also instructions for inviting employees to use the Home Use Program, an overview of what employees will need to do on receiving the invitation, and a summary FAQ.
Find this guide in the Volume Licensing Guides section at http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
The new Office 365 Home Use Program benefit is added to the February 2019 Product Terms. If a customer has SAM coverage on the Applications pool then employees may buy an Office 365 Home or Personal subscription through the Microsoft Home Use Program website at a discounted rate.
What’s interesting (and different to its Office 2019 HUP counterpart) is that employees may renew the subscription at the special HUP price regardless of whether they’re still employed by the qualifying organisation and that organisation’s SAM coverage status.
Find these details on page 80 and get the February 2019 Product Terms here: http://bit.ly/MSproductterms.
Microsoft’s December 2018 Licensing News article has three topics of interest covering Microsoft 365 licensing updates. Firstly, EA and MPSA customers can now take advantage of a single SKU for Microsoft 365 which means that they see a single item in their Admin Centers and License Summaries, rather than seeing Office 365, Windows and EMS as separate components.
details of Microsoft’s new Home Use Program offer. Historically, HUP has been a
Software Assurance benefit where users of devices licensed with Office + SA
could purchase Office for their home PCs at a heavily discounted price. That
benefit still exists for Office 2019 but the article reveals that this will
come to an end on 30 June, 2019.
The new HUP offer allows
individuals to purchase Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal annual
subscriptions at a 30% discount. This is available to customers who have Office
with Software Assurance but is also available to customers who qualify with a
certain number of Office 365/Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 licences: 2,000 for
commercial organisations, and 13,000 for education or charity institutions.
Now, this isn’t
available worldwide yet and although you can see it’s live in most countries (see
the UK site here, for example http://bit.ly/2B6guQG), the article
states that China and Japan will have this benefit on 1 April, 2019, and if you
check out the US site (http://bit.ly/2sOPW1Q)
there’s a message telling you that the US launch will be in early 2019.
there’s an update on the dual use rights available when a customer has a
Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 From SA licence. Currently there are special rights
detailed in the Product Terms which allow customers to install “traditional”
Office Professional Plus as well as Office 365 ProPlus. The article states that
these rights will be removed from 1 August, 2019 so customers renewing
agreements after that date will no longer be entitled to the special
Find the December
2018 Licensing News article here: http://bit.ly/2R3bV2u.
The Home Use Program is available to those customers who have active Software Assurance on their Office suite or applications licences, and it enables users of licensed devices to buy Office products at a heavily discounted price for home use. Office 2019 is now available through this program with a choice of Office Professional Plus 2019, Office Home and Business 2019, Visio Professional 2019 and Project Professional 2019.
They are all priced at $14.99, an increase from $9.99, and you can find out about the HUP program and order the products here: http://bit.ly/2Dd65VN.
The Home Use Program marketing site is updated for Office 2016. This is where you’ll find presentations to learn about HUP whether you’re a user, executive or Benefits Administrator, and also where you can download marketing materials such as flyers, newsletters and web banners to help you promote HUP in your organisation.
Find this useful site here – http://bit.ly/1WgyuZi – and choose your language and country at the right hand side.
The Home Use Program FAQ site is updated for Office 2016.
- if you have Office 2013 HUP you must uninstall before installing Office 2016, and
- you can’t install Office Professional Plus 2016 if you have Office 365 (including the trial) installed.
Find the full FAQ here: http://bit.ly/1GCAXWM.
There’s a change to the Home Use Program rights: previously you could install HUP software on up to 2 devices (2 PCs or 2 Macs), now the October 2015 Product Terms document confirms that it’s only one device – see page 75.
Customers will be able to install Office 2016 beginning on 7th October 2015 – see question 4 on this site: http://bit.ly/1OQrDXg.
There’s a slight change to the Home Use Program rights: previously the wording stipulated that the software could be installed on one home computer and one portable device, now it’s on up to two devices which can be either 2 PCs or 2 Macs, dependent on what’s been purchased.
See page 69 of the November 2014 Product List.