Microsoft is in the process of expanding its Office Home Use Program (HUP) to offer Offie 365 Home and Personal subscriptions through the program.
Once the program new HUP program launches, a 30% discount on the Office 365 subscription of Personal or Home variant will be available to eligible business users to use at home.
An annual subscription of Office 365 Personal usually cost $69.99, while the Home variant is priced at $99.99.
The feature will be exclusively for the U.S. enterprise customers with Software Assurance for Volume Licensing, or specific number of Office 365/Microsoft 365 licenses.
Usually, it’s 2,000 of Office 365, or Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 licenses for commercial organizations and educational and nonprofit customers.
- Active Software Assurance for qualifying Office applications, Or
- Office 365/Microsoft 365 E3/E5 From SA, Or
- ≥ 2,000 licenses of one or a mix of Office 365/Microsoft 365 E3/E5, for commercial or government customer, Or
- ≥ 2,000 licenses of one or a mix of Office 365/Microsoft 365 A3/A5 and/or Office 365 E3/E5, for education or non-profit customer.
While, the eligibility for employees require “a valid corporate email address and an active Microsoft Account.”
For those unaware, through (HUP) Microsoft let organizations sell Office 365 subscription at a discounted price to their employees. Eligible organizations must have a Software Assurance for Volume Licensing coverage.
As on today, through the program all eligible employees can subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus or purchase Office Professional Plus 2019 or Office Home and Business 2019 at a discounted price of $14.99.
But, this will soon expand to offer additional benefits reports ZDNet, who were tipped by the The Licensing School blog, quoting a Microsoft spokesperson statement:
“Customers have been asking for an Office HUP offering and these updates are meant to support those requests.”
In addition to offering Ofiice 365 Home/Personal at discounted price, Microsoft is also making it so that who buys the discounted copies can actually continue to renew their subscription at the same cost.
Additionally, Microsoft intends to allow users to continue using the discounted Office subscriptions, even if they leave the company as long as their subscription is active.
Users can still buy a non-subscription version of Office 2019 for $14.99, though Microsoft as listed on te licensing page.
Microsoft is yet to officially launch the new Office HUP program in the U.S. which is imminent, as the official website reads:
“The new Microsoft Home Use Program will be launched in the U.S. soon.
You’re invited to come back in early 2019 and take advantage of this exclusive program.”
In the meantime, for countries where the new Home Use Program for Office program is already available, Microsoft has moved managing of the HUP to the Microsoft Store for Business, from the Volume License Service Center (VLSC) or Business Center Portal (BCP).
The HUP admin site on VLSC and www.microsofthup.com both ceased operation at the end of January.