Microsoft EES (Enrollment for Education Solutions)

Licensing agreement specifics

Microsoft EES (Enrollment for Education Solutions) is an enterprise licensing agreement. The EES program allows UM to license Microsoft software covered by the program at extremely low cost compared with retail or even most discounted pricing.  For any campus entity, licensing costs are based upon headcount of departmental employees who use computers to complete their job functions.

Some software is centrally purchased for the entire UM campus at no cost to offices or departments, including:

  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • a campus-wide "desktop package" that includes upgrades to the latest version of the Windows operating system
  • the Microsoft Office enterprise suite for Mac and PC (Access (PC only), Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher (PC only), OneNote)
  •  Core CALs  (A CAL is a Client Access License that gives a campus user "legal" access to various server-based applications such as the campus Exchange e-mail system.) 

Additional notes regarding the agreement:

  1. Software licenses acquired through the EES program must be renewed annually, in contrast with the one-time purchases to which we may be accustomed through retail channels.  However, software licensed through the EES program includes any available periodic version updates, which retail purchases do not.
  2. Software licensed through the EES program is available only to (and for) University departments and offices.  It is NOT available for student use except for software that is installed in University-managed computer labs. However, students do have access to Office 365 ProPlus for free through their UMConnect email accounts.


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