CONTACT: TRACEY SCHMIDT
Information Technology Services
126 South Lindquist Center
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6960; fax (319) 335-5505
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 http://www.its.uiowa.edu/cs/software/mscastudents.html
or contact the Campus Software Program Office (319-335-6069, email@example.com).
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: