Effective October 1, 2013, UAB's student offering for Microsoft Office Products will change.
Microsoft's new Office 365 University product provides a 4-year subscription to every new Office app, plus SkyDrive storage and Skype calling on 2 PCs or Macs plus mobile devices. The cost of the subscription to students is $79.99 and is valid for 4 years. Students can purchase the subscription directly from Microsoft or online through UAB's software download provider, Kivuto.
This new subscription-based service replaces the previous offerings UAB made available to students through the UAB Bookstore and online download for Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.). UAB will continue to offer students free access to Microsoft Forefront (anti-virus) and server-based products such as SQL and Windows Server, however, Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems (Windows 7, 8) are no longer available to students through UAB. For more information, see the Microsoft Campus Agreement website.
Students that have previously installed one of the Microsoft Products that are no longer licensed for student use (generally those items where media was purchased at the UAB Bookstore or via online download such as Office, Windows-client Vista/7/8) should be aware that they are no longer licensed to use those products per the terms of the Microsoft agreement they signed at the time the media was delivered. While existing installations will continue to function, UAB encourages all students to migrate to the Office 365 University offering as soon as possible to ensure appropriate license compliance and to gain access to the new features.
For more information see the Microsoft Campus Agreement website.