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Q/A: Office for Mac upgrades on volume-license purchases?

Do K-State departments get a free upgrade to Office 2011 software (for Macs only)?

No. Microsoft purchases made through SHI International (via State Contract 07365) are volume-license purchases. Free upgrades are not available for volume-license purchases (see Microsoft’s Technology Guarantee for details). Departments that need to purchase Office for Mac are encouraged to wait to purchase the new version when it is released.

The only exception is if a department participates in the Software Assurance progam and has purchased it for Office for Mac 2008. In that case, those departments will be notified of upgrade procedures.

SHI has announced the Microsoft Office for Mac software suite will be available mid- to end-of-October for departmental volume-license purchasing through state-contact 07359. The new price has not been announced, but will likely be in the range of the previous $42 volume-license price.

The following Office products are not eligible for the Technology Guarantee program:

  • Trial versions of Office 2008 for Mac
  • Volume licensing
  • Individual Application SKUs
  • Office for Mac Word
  • Office for Mac Excel
  • Office for Mac PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Office for Mac 2004 or older versions

More information will be sent out to departments via the Purchasing Office’s LISTSERV mailing list.

Questions should be sent to Kathy Leonard, 785-532-4926, kantink@k-state.edu.