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The Office 2007 is free, you pay for Vat and delivery. Cost me £17.83 6 weeks ago

Click on "Office 2007 available from March with the Home user program"

If you are an NHS employee, you are eligible to participate in the Home Use Programme. It enables eligible employees of the NHS to get a licensed copy of most Microsoft Office desktop applications to install and use on a home computer as part of the benefits entitlement to staff in the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.

As of March 2007, as an NHS employee, you are now entitled to order a copy of Office 2007 as part of this agreement.

This is not a different scheme to that which many have already taken advantage of, but an online mechanism to ensure that all NHS staff who are interested in taking advantage of the offer can get access simply and effectively. If you have already taken advantage of the scheme, please pass this url to your colleagues.

Eligible employees can order online at a dedicated Microsoft HUP web site. In order to access this web site, your employees must use the unique programme code provided for your organization.

There is a certain amount of procedure to be followed to authenticate your access, but the process, we hope, is fairly straightforward.
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#1
Other large company's/organizations may offer a similar scheme. BT is one company that does (or at least did previously).
#2
is it anyone who works in the nhs or only certain sectors?
#3
as if gps cant afford the real price
#4
I'm a GP :) and despite what the papers seem to report, I dont make as much as Bill Gates so I need the money more than him.
#5
Must voice my disgruntlment at this type of offer - I find it ludicrous that certain public sectors are subsidised to this extent at the expense of private sector workers and other public sector workers, there is simply no justification for subsidising a several hundred pound piece of software that public sector workers do not need any more than private sector workers - especially as this offer is clearly not for employment use, but personal. Even worse is that it is substantially less than student licences, who almost certainly need it more at home, and most certainly can afford it less.

Nevertheless - voted hot, as it is clearly a good deal!
#6
Why there is so much misinformation about GPs?
#7
Cheers mate never knew about this voted hot!
#8
Just remembered. When I entered my nhs address (not a nhs.net address) to obtain the code from my home PC I didnt get a code. When I entered it via a PC connected to NHS intranet I got one. This may not be a problem for nhs.net email addresses.
#9
raja420
Why there is so much misinformation about GPs?


How do you mean?
#10
Like what packages etc does it come with Excel/word/pp? My mum just asked me as she works for the NHS.:thumbsup:
#11
Office Comes With Like Word, Exell, Power Point All that Stuff Yer, You Can Also Get Xp Free On There As Well!
#12
ah, so this is where the extra money Mr. Brown put into the NHS went...I couldn't see it anywhere else. Good to know my GP will be only have to pay £18 for home use of MS office. I get it free myself, though.
#13
trebor
Other large company's/organizations may offer a similar scheme. BT is one company that does (or at least did previously).


Dell offers it to employees as well.
#14
GPs are very hardworking, caring souls getting far less than they deserve,
being responsible for keeping people healthy and away from hospital.
Did you know a bed in NHS can cost anything from 260 - 400 pounds per day?

I do agree <10% GPs can make 100000+, but the creamy layer is there in all professions.
#15
Question:

What version of Office is it? Standard or Pro?

Point of note:

I havent seen the details for purchasing, but I can only assume there is an option to get only the licence not the CD. In which case, it is very simple to get this for free and saving the other £18 also, by either using someone elses CD(totally legal if you have your own licence) or downloading the trial and putting the key in(should work in theory).
#16
raja420
GPs are very hardworking, caring souls getting far less than they deserve,
being responsible for keeping people healthy and away from hospital.
Did you know a bed in NHS can cost anything from 260 - 400 pounds per day?

I do agree <10% GPs can make 100000+, but the creamy layer is there in all professions.


And? I still fail to see how this should mean they are subsidised for their home software.
#17
I remember whilst working for Powergen a couple years back, employees were allowed to buy office at a similar discounted price. It's not just a public sector thing rather if the organisation you work for is a high value microsoft customer.
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MrShed
Question:

What version of Office is it? Standard or Pro?



From the website
Current version:
Microsoft® Office Enterprise 2007
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 is the most complete Microsoft toolset provided for people who must collaborate with others and work with information efficiently, regardless of location or network status. Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 includes Outlook, Publisher, Excel, Word, Power Point, Access.

Previous version:
Microsoft® Office Professional Edition 2003
Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 can help you and your organization communicate information with immediacy and impact. You can create powerful connections between people, information, and processes by using the latest Office programs. Office Professional Edition 2003 Contains Access, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook with Business Contact Manager, Excel.

You can apply for either version by the looks of it

MrShed
And? I still fail to see how this should mean they are subsidised for their home software.



This is so that the NHS can integrate work at home. It is a good thing that is provided for all NHS professionals. Why throw salary nonsense into this?
Should all doctors not be allowed it or well paid nurses? Where do you draw the line? Who decides?

Fact is this is a deal for NHS workers, teachers get a very similar deal and other professions get their staff discounts. Plain and simple this is a good deal so vote hot and less of the belly aching:p

Thanks OP Hot and Rep

CS
#19
MrShed
I find it ludicrous that certain public sectors are subsidised to this extent at the expense of private sector workers and other public sector workers, there is simply no justification for subsidising a several hundred pound piece of software
With an organisation the size of the NHS an enterprise license makes sense. With that license there are certain benefits, both to the licensor and licensee. Obviously the NHS staff can train themselves in their own time how to use the software they will use on a day-to-day basis at work, thereby lowering training costs. In addition, Microsoft is ensuring a huge take-up of their flagship software, giving any migration to open software a great deal of inertia and removing the need for employees to find out how good free software can be and then discovering they can't open documents everywhere (ODT->DOCX etc).

It's a win-win.

Non-employees, however, should instead be looking at this open software as a viable and FREE alternative.

Yes, free has a bad ring to it, I know. If you don't pay for it it must be crap, after all. I suppose you use Internet Explorer as well.

(that last comment wasn't at anyone in particular, btw)

teachers get a very similar deal
Where?
#20
I voted hot :) but I am allowed to debate it. My point still stands - why should public sector workers have this discount and the majority of private sector not? I would love to work from home, so therefore can I not get the discount? It is another case of the government and/or large organisations saying that public sector workers somehow work harder than private, and therefore should get perks, which is a nonsense and one that I resent. Some professions get staff discount, but not a great deal.
#21
captainscarlet


This is so that the NHS can integrate work at home.


You could also argue that seeing as though the public sector, NHS included, has the highest sick rates of any profession in the UK, they should be encouraging them out of home, not into it :p

And yes I am joking :)
#22
I can see your point, but you have to remember it's not the Government who is subsidising NHS workers, it's Microsoft.
#23
If that is the case then fair enough :) but I am doubting that MS are providing this service without any payment whatsoever....
#24
Its available to anyone with a NHS email address. I have this and the license expires once you leave the NHS. Otherwise, its great!
#25
Most large PLC companies pay millions in software licensing. I work in the private sector and we were offered this for £20 last year.

Most professionals however will have a company laptop with Office installed so why pay anything in the first place unless you have others using a home machine.

Please also consider that although these apparently come retail boxed we had a stipulation in out scheme that the license could lapse after 3 years (depending on Microsoft).

For most home users, download openoffice. Most people don't use the scripting capabilities in anycase.

I think everybody agrees that the product should be made more accessable to all i.e. Basic home package for £50 say.
#26
MrShed
Must voice my disgruntlment at this type of offer - I find it ludicrous that certain public sectors are subsidised to this extent at the expense of private sector workers and other public sector workers, there is simply no justification for subsidising a several hundred pound piece of software that public sector workers do not need any more than private sector workers - especially as this offer is clearly not for employment use, but personal. Even worse is that it is substantially less than student licences, who almost certainly need it more at home, and most certainly can afford it less.

Nevertheless - voted hot, as it is clearly a good deal!

Thats not how it works at all. With software, like anything else you get a bulk discount. So if you buy 1 copy in a shop it costs you £200. If you buy 200k of something you pay alot less.

The Nhs is a massive organisation and will therefore be getting each license for next to nothing, it is hardly the case that they are paying full RRP for software and then subsidising each worker to buy it.
#27
You can just download legit versions for free online thorugh many newgroups.. all for free, I got full profressional version, and can download all the updates to... :thumbsup:
#28
lawrenzini
Thats not how it works at all. With software, like anything else you get a bulk discount. So if you buy 1 copy in a shop it costs you £200. If you buy 200k of something you pay alot less.

The Nhs is a massive organisation and will therefore be getting each license for next to nothing, it is hardly the case that they are paying full RRP for software and then subsidising each worker to buy it.


If a million NHS employees take advantage, and even if the NHS only had to pay £1 per licence(unlikely), thats 1 million pound subsidy....
#29
Voted hot and will get a copy of this on Monday (when i can access my work emails).

Thanks OK.

PS: imo GPs dont get paid anywhere near what they are worth!
#30
MrShed
Must voice my disgruntlment at this type of offer - I find it ludicrous that certain public sectors are subsidised to this extent at the expense of private sector workers and other public sector workers, there is simply no justification for subsidising a several hundred pound piece of software that public sector workers do not need any more than private sector workers - especially as this offer is clearly not for employment use, but personal. Even worse is that it is substantially less than student licences, who almost certainly need it more at home, and most certainly can afford it less.

Nevertheless - voted hot, as it is clearly a good deal!



Totally agree about student licensing. Uni's should get vast subsidy for sudents with the number they buy for a campus...

edit.. also nobody seems to have mentioned the free alternative... openoffice.org. :)
#31
OrangeJuice
Totally agree about student licensing. Uni's should get vast subsidy for sudents with the number they buy for a campus...

edit.. also nobody seems to have mentioned the free alternative... openoffice.org. :)


At the University that I work at we can purchase it for £5 :whistling: and I think students get it for the same amount.
suspended#32
Most people who work in GP surgeries can just ring up their LSP and get volume license anyway :) and then just get the volume license media loaned to them. Most LSP's do that.
#33
As a doctor, can I clarify that the taxpayer is not "subsidising" this scheme, Microsoft is.

They do this to increase their stranglehold on NHS IT - the more people are using Microsoft products at home (rather than competitors such as Open Office), the more they will demand and expect it at work, hence more multi-million pound contracts for Microsoft to supply the NHS with software.
It's just another way for them to prevent government organizations from turning to open source free software. It's worth it for them in the long run, their not doing it out of the goodness of their hearts.
#34
If software manufacturers want to make software based on ability to pay, I would love to sign up. As a self-employed person, it is assumed I earn a fortune. In reality, I earn less than a third of most employees.

If NHS staff, police and firemen work for nothing, I would be equally grateful, but they earn a salary. It is known to them when they apply, so if you don't like it, don't do it.

If you don't belong to one of those professions and abuse the right to the licence, you basically don't have a license to use the software. You may just as well steal it or fork out.

Graham
#35
This is just to confirm that BT still do this scheme. I received my copy last week. It works by registering on a special Microsoft website (Home Use Programme) and quoting your work email address and a special code that is only known to that company's employees.
#36
This is also available to officers employed by the Metropolitan Police Service, purchased this March, and turned up in the post yesterday :-)
#37
The company I work for also offer this scheme (Cummins Inc). I ordered MS Office Enterprise 2007 edition on 20th March, and received it two days ago (They did send me an email to advise it was delayed...)

It includes:

Word 2007
Excel 2007
PowerPoint 2007
Outlook 2007
Publisher 2007
Access 2007
OneNote 2007
InfoPath 2007
Groove 2007

Total cost: £17.31.

Only people who work for an employer who licenses their MicroSoft software through "Software Assurance", and who participate in the "Home Use Program" are entitled to purchase this software.

NB, The license is only valid only if the following conditions are met: The employer continues to license their software through the scheme. The employee (person buying this software) is a user of the software within the work place (i.e. is licensed through the business). The employee remains employed with the employer.

Hope that helps!

Steve.
[helper]#38
I mentioned this deal in a thread previously

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=413308#post413308

but hadn't posted it due to the friction I thought it would cause.

When you go to the site you should also check out the employee purchase program

https://www.microsoft.com/uk/nhs/licensing/employee-purchase-program/default.mspx

It says you can buy discounted software (other than office) and even xbox360 titles. However before you get your hopes up when I last looked about a month ago the site was still listing only a few xbox titles. Tried ordering the Xbox starter kit with 12 months sub for £20 but MS cancelled the order....

BTW I don't know if this has been mentioned but if you used this scheme for the previous version of office you are allowed to order/upgrade to the new copy
#39
poppy10
As a doctor, can I clarify that the taxpayer is not "subsidising" this scheme, Microsoft is.

They do this to increase their stranglehold on NHS IT - the more people are using Microsoft products at home (rather than competitors such as Open Office), the more they will demand and expect it at work, hence more multi-million pound contracts for Microsoft to supply the NHS with software.
It's just another way for them to prevent government organizations from turning to open source free software. It's worth it for them in the long run, their not doing it out of the goodness of their hearts.
Bingo. (It's also why they allow people to easily pirate Office 2007.)
#40
I know a couple of people who work withion the NHS, they already have Microsoft XP and office on their PC's bought at full price.

Is it possible for them to take up the offer and have it on my PC?

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