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Update: Microsoft Home Use Program

Published on: October 8, 2015

2016 Microsoft Home Use Program UpdatesAs of October 8, 2015, The Microsoft Home Use Program released a number of changes. 

What’s new:

Office 2016 is now available for purchase through the Home Use Program at the same rate of $11.00 for Windows or MacOSx. 

Important Changes:

  • While the old versions would allow clients to install the purchased license of Microsoft Office on two (2) computers, the new version (2016) only allows installation on one (1) computer.
  • Clients can no longer purchase a second copy through the Home Use Program.
  • If more than one license is required, clients will have to buy a retail copy at full retail price.
  • There are no free upgrades, even if clients purchased a previous version recently, the new version must be purchased. 
  • MacOSx clients need to have OSx 10.10 (Yosemite) or later installed for Office 2016.

What’s the same:

  • Previously purchased version of Office will NOT stop working. 
  • You can only purchase either Windows or MacOSx version, not both. 
    • If you purchased a Windows license before, you can purchase a MacOSx version for 2016 without disabling your previous version for Windows; however, you will not be able to purchase Windows Office 2016 as well. The same applies if you previously owned only a MacOSx version and would now like to purchase a Windows 2016 version.

Where to get support:

All Microsoft Home Use Program support is provided by Microsoft.

Request access to the Microsoft Home Use Program (new clients):

  • Go to: Microsoft Campus Agreement site from the U of T Campus or VPN connection to the U of T network
  • Enter your UTORid and Password to authenticate
  • Agree to the Terms of Use
  • Click on Home Use Program Button
  • Follow the instructions to register
  • Check your email for the registration email, which will include the U of T Program code and further instructions
  • Go to the Microsoft Home Use Program site to purchase the latest copy of Office for your Windows or MacOSx machine