Microsoft End User License and 'Work at Home' Agreement
A unique licensing agreement between the University System of Maryland and Microsoft gives University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) faculty and staff access to a host of Microsoft products, including operating systems upgrades and desktop productivity tools. The Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (MSEA) provides licensing rights to a suite of frequently used Microsoft products; including Office Professional, Office for Mac, Publisher, and Visual Studio Professional. Also included in this contract is access to a 32-bit OS upgrade for faculty and staff.
Under the contract, members of the Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium (MEEC), which includes all USM institutions, can purchase software at significant discounts. The MEEC is an agreement among K-12, public and independent institutions in Maryland, started at the request of USM chancellor Donald Lagenberg. It is the first education consortium of its kind to work with Microsoft to create a licensing arrangement to serve the specific software needs of K-12 and higher education. The USM is the lead customer contracting on behalf of the MEEC, which currently has 153 member institutions.
There are several advantages to the University's participation in the MSEA. For instance, the license is for "institutionally owned desktops;" however, a Work-At-Home (WAH) license permits faculty and staff to install the same software on their home or portable computers to resolve compatibility issues when working form home. The use of common software reduces support costs and makes training costs easier to manage, in addition to easing the process of exchange of electronic files and information. With an increasing number of faculty and staff utilizing Microsoft products, this agreement makes it easier and less expensive for those who wish to use them. Thus, it should be understood that the use of Microsoft products is completely voluntary and the OIT Software Licensing Office will continue to provide many other packages.
Work At Home
The University no longer provides the 'Work At Home' licenses. You can purchase Microsoft Office and Operating System software at a deep discount at the Web Store.