You can get Office 2016 ProPlus for Windows, Mac or Office apps for your iOS and Android devices (total of five devices) for free as long as you are an employee. https://go.uvm.edu/getoffice
Windows 10 pro is $199.99 thru UVM or thru the MS website. Please forgive the following gripe, (and possible sense of entitlement) but shouldn’t working for a place of higher learning, that seemingly buys lots of os/software licenses, get us some sort of discount? My wife gets a discount thru her work where she can get Office 2016 Pro for around $10. Without knowing how everything works here at UVM, I’m thinking there must be someone here who could negotiate with Microsoft to get better price points for UVM employees/retirees. <end gripe>
The TechStore does however sell licenses for Office and Windows for personal use.
Alas, retirees (and emeriti) are not included in the employee count we use for determining our annual licensing costs, so retirees aren’t entitled to Microsoft Office for their personal use. Microsoft no longer provides Windows operating system licenses for personal use, even to active employees. Sorry. —Geoff
When I was working for The Man every day, making the daily trek from my mountain hut to the big city (Burlington, not Bristol), I had Oracle VirtualBox running on my UVM MacBook hosting Windows 10. Win 10 was installed over the network from UVM sources (\\files.uvm.edu\shared\software\MS-Vol-License\Window)
When I retired, I copied my VirtualBox VM files to my home Mac. This seemed to work, but now Windows is telling me I need to activate my copy of Windows. I read about "Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions” and "Microsoft Select Agreement” which left me just as clueless as before I read about them.
So, what are my options? Do Retired Staff have any options — free or paid— for running Windows on personally owned machines real or virtual? If so, what is the shortest path to get there? And what’s the deal with Office 365? I read "See go.uvm.edu/getoffice” and only saw an error
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Wesley Alan Wright, Retired
UVM Academic Computing Services Legacy Applications Division