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M$ Home Use Program

 
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It sounds too good to be true! Through my employment, I can get the whole of Microsoft Office suite for $20. Is there any catch or has M$ opened up a charity?
 
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Got link?
 
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Your employer must have purchased or installed MS exchange,SQL,BizTalk,Storage on many sites.Similar thing happened to one company where my closed friend works.
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Microsoft's Home Use program is only available to Microsoft Volume Licensing Software Assurance customers. So the "catch" is your employer has already paid for it.
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The other catch is that the license is only valid for as long as you are employed by your company. Once you leave you are expected to purchase a full license.

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The software is already a fully licensed version, so I don't think I need to buy a full license again if I leave. Is it not more of an obligation to stop using the s/w rather than being forced to do it?
 
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Originally posted by Raghav Sam:
The software is already a fully licensed version, so I don't think I need to buy a full license again if I leave. Is it not more of an obligation to stop using the s/w rather than being forced to do it?



One of my previous employers had this plan. I never used it as I don't use MS products (except Windows to play one game) but I seem to recall employees needing to buy a different license if they ever left the company.

You should just check with your employer. None of us work there. Best we can do is guess.
 
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Originally posted by Raghav Sam:
Is it not more of an obligation to stop using the s/w rather than being forced to do it?



What's the difference? The software is licensed to the company, not to the employee.
 
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Originally posted by Raghav Sam:
The software is already a fully licensed version, so I don't think I need to buy a full license again if I leave. Is it not more of an obligation to stop using the s/w rather than being forced to do it?



I don't really understand what you are asking here.

My understanding, based on the license that my company has for a similar agreement, seems to match with what you just posted - that the license is only valid while you are working for the company.

Yes, if you stop using the software and remove it from your computer then you do not need to buy a new license.

Are you being forced to do this? No. But you are not forced to have a drivers license to drive a car either. I don't really see the point in asking whether you are being forced to do something that you know is a requirement of the license.

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Okay, my question is, if I leave the company or the company exits from this program, how will M$ know this or in other ways, will it try to track (thru internet) my leaving the company and somehow disable the s/w (greedy me.. ). May be, I should check with my company itself. I was just checking if somebody had enrolled and had any such incidents. Thanks for all your responses.
 
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I think you are missing my point.

You seem to be acknowledging that the terms of the license state that it is only valid while you are working for your company.

Having acknowledged that, there is no value in discussing whether you will be checked up on or not, unless you are planning on ignoring the terms of the license.

At JavaRanch, we don't allow discussions on illegally copying books, or illegally copying software, or illegally using software, or any other illegal activity. If this discussion continues down such a path, this topic will be closed and/or deleted.

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It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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