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Release: April 17, 2002

New campus contract with Microsoft cuts software prices for students

A new agreement with Microsoft gives University of Iowa students access to popular software at drastically reduced prices. The contract, signed by Microsoft, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and the University of Iowa Information Technology Services (ITS), also gives students the option of obtaining a perpetual license for their software upon graduation.

Software covered by this program includes Microsoft Office Professional (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access), Office Mac programs (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Entourage, Microsoft PowerPoint), Windows upgrades, Microsoft FrontPage, and Visual Studio.Net Professional Edition. All titles except Microsoft Windows 2000 are available at the University of Iowa Bookstore. Most titles cost less than $10.

In May 2002, Microsoft Office XP will also be available to most University of Iowa students via the ITS Network at no additional charge. Microsoft Windows 2000 is available at the Campus Check Out Site at University of Iowa Libraries Information Arcade. All distribution sites will require a student ID and a signed license agreement.

Students who graduate from the university while the agreement with Microsoft is in effect will have the option of converting their annual license of the most current version of the software to a perpetual license, meaning they will be able to use the software for their new endeavors and be eligible for future upgrade pricing. ITS is currently contacting the December 2001 graduates about this conversion opportunity as well as working with students who will graduate in May.

To learn more about the new software agreement, visit the ITS Microsoft Campus Agreement -- Student Option Info web page at or contact the Campus Software Program Office (319-335-6069,

ITS is also working with Apple to provide a similar software licensing option for the Mac Operating System; and Sun StarOffice is currently available at no charge for Linux and Windows users. Look for more information on these two programs on the Information Technology Services Campus Software web site: