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  • Home Use Program Benefits - Office 2019 was removed
    Time: Oct. 28, 2019

    Microsoft has tacitly changed its home use program for its Professional Software Assurance customers. As some expected when the company began redefining the benefit of HUP earlier this year, Microsoft lost the opportunity to buy the version of Office without a subscription at a significantly reduced price. Instead, Microsoft offers HUP customers the ability to buy Office 365 Family or Personal at a discounted price for home use.

    Microsoft is updating the Home Use program to offer discounts on the latest and most recent products, such as Office 365, which are always up to date with the premium versions of Office applications on all of their devices. Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 are no longer available in home use program offers.

    Until this change in July product conditions, Software Assurance customers can purchase Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus 2019/Office Home and Business 2019 at a special price with the Office Advantage program of the Home Use Program.

    With the updated Office Home Use program option, commercial users can purchase Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal subscriptions at a 30% discount. To qualify, customers must have Software Assurance or a set of Office 365/Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 licenses.

    Microsoft notes that those who have already made a reduced purchase of Office Pro Plus 2019 or Office 2019 can no longer receive it. They say: "If you have already purchased Office Professional Plus 2019 or Office Home & Business 2019 with a refund through the Home Use Program, you will still be eligible for the Office 365 Home Use Program Offer."

    As the Licensing School UK recently said: "You can continue to purchase Project and Visio HUP licenses, but Office product licenses to use in your home are now subscribed to Office 365 Home or Personal.

    I am not surprised that Microsoft made this change because it tries to encourage customers to use subscriptions instead of "perpetual" versions of Office.