Purchasing: Does this contract mean we can omit buying the Applications (Office Suite) for new hardware the university buys (or we as individuals buy) in the future?
Yes. There is no requirement that you have a previous version of any of the applications covered under the MSCA on your machine before installing the current MSCA application versions. So, you should now be especially careful of hardware vendors who sell 'software packages' that include any of the applications covered by the MSCA at a "reduced price" along with a new computer purchase. When negotiating a purchase, be sure to tell them to omit the MSCA covered applications and lower the price accordingly, since you can get software under the MSCA at no additional charge. This is true for both institutional and personal purchases.
Last updated October 22, 2010 @ 3:41 pm