NHS Terminates Microsoft Office Home User Program, Existing users Must Uninstall copy of Office.

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Found 23rd Jul 2010
I guess another money saving scheme by the Condem Government.

Termination of Microsoft Office Home User Programme (HUP) – users must uninstall software purchased through this agreement



Connecting for Health have recently terminated the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement with the NHS. This means that the Home User Programme (HUP), which allowed NHS employees to purchase Microsoft Office for a nominal amount has also been ended.

NHS staff can therefore no longer take advantage of this offer and – as there is no longer a HUP – anyone who has already purchased Microsoft office in this way must now uninstall it. Under the terms of the contract, Microsoft are not offering refunds.

Please be aware that Microsoft keep a log of users who have purchased Microsoft Office through the HUP on a central database, so it may be possible for them to identify those who are using the software without a licence.

Further information and instructions on how to uninstall Microsoft Office from your PC or Mac can be found on the Microsoft website at microsoft.com/uk/…spx|
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They should switch to Open Office! ^^
What a crock of you-know-what.

If they've paid for their licence, they should be entitled to keep it. End of...

I would recommend to not uninstall it - if it's an issue, you'll be warned or simply locked out of office and told to purchase a new key. No biggie.
Edited by: "DragonChris" 23rd Jul 2010
Yeah, I agree, if you've paid for a license, regardless of student/NHS/etc. discounts it should be yours. But hey, Microsoft makes the rules as we all know. =P
Absolutely Disgusting.... Bloody M$
it is in the EULA when you purchase the license which is dependent on the NHS renewing the contract, not MS fault
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Microsoft won't care if users continue using it or not.

I would take it up with the NHS if I had recently purchased Office through this scheme.
master_chief

Microsoft won't care if users continue using it or not.I would take it up … Microsoft won't care if users continue using it or not.I would take it up with the NHS if I had recently purchased Office through this scheme.



All the codes will be Blocked, Office WGA will then appear in an update.

I would advise anyone who has an NHS Version of Office to be selective on their Updates.
I dont know what sort of licence you all have but when I have installed software in the past the licence has come with the install and not been time limited.
Only thing I have had like that is the free AV things that are downloaded.
Another MS shoot self in foot PR disaster!
Spod

Another MS shoot self in foot PR disaster!



ffs, why should MS supply their product for free, doh!

Update: Microsoft and NHS Enterprise-wide Agreement (EwA)

After a lengthy decision-making process, NHS Connecting for Health have decided not to renew the NHS Enterprise-wide Agreement with Microsoft.

This change has an important impact on how Microsoft products are licenced in your organisation. To ensure compliance and to assess the impact this has on your organisation, please review what products and solutions you have access to. You can also contact your Large Account Reseller (LAR) or Microsoft if you require further assistance in determining your licensing requirements.
I didn't say they should supply their product for free, but they should at least be offering an easy transition to a new version.

Right now they are telling NHS workers to uninstall their version of Office and buy a retail copy.
https://www.microsoft.com/uk/nhs/pages/licensing/post_ea_hup.aspx
So according to Microsoft's website, first they have to uninstall Office, then they have to buy a new copy, install it, install updates, install service packs, install more updates and set up their defaults. That's a right pain in the backside - and a PR nightmare given that thousands will be affected.

Given that these people had a legitimate copy of Office under their previous agreement, M$ should be offering a simple transition to a new license at a reasonable cost. Home/Student version is less than 90 quid at most stores and that gives 3 home licenses, so I would have thought that a £30 per license (one per license agreement) upgrade to a license which enables the features of the home version would be reasonable.

If the HUP version had more features than the Home/Student version then a larger upgrade fee would be needed if you wanted a better version, but the principle is the same. You really shouldn't have to uninstall and reinstall and repatch and resetup just to keep using the software.
Edited by: "Spod" 23rd Jul 2010
Might be a controversial opinion but why should working for the NHS get you cheap software for your home PC anyway?

Maybe I am not understanding it correctly, is it so they can work from home? If not then I don't see why the NHS budget should be used so it's employees can have nice cheap software, hardly a neccesity I think we would all agree and the money could be far better spent on healthcare.
Satan_Claws

Might be a controversial opinion but why should working for the NHS get … Might be a controversial opinion but why should working for the NHS get you cheap software for your home PC anyway? Maybe I am not understanding it correctly, is it so they can work from home? If not then I don't see why the NHS budget should be used so it's employees can have nice cheap software, hardly a neccesity I think we would all agree and the money could be far better spent on healthcare.



i suppose so, i mean the majority of NHS staff are over paid, hence the pay freeze to help the banks back on track....................
Edited by: "Alfonse" 23rd Jul 2010
DragonChris

What a crock of you-know-what.If they've paid for their licence, they … What a crock of you-know-what.If they've paid for their licence, they should be entitled to keep it. End of...



Um, not really. A license is a collection of terms that you're bound to abide by if you use the software, and you have to agree to them to install it. If you agree to the terms that the license can be withdrawn because of some condition becoming untrue, then, well, fair play to Microsoft.
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Thank god the MoD haven't terminated their agreement

yes surprise surprise, the whole civil service get it at cost price wow aren't we naughty.
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Alfonse

Are you really sure the majority of staffs are overpaid, you really sure … Are you really sure the majority of staffs are overpaid, you really sure about that?i suppose so, i mean the majority of NHS staff are over paid, hence the pay freeze to help the banks back on track.................... Edited By: Alfonse on Jul 23, 2010 02:33: no

[quote=Alfonse]

i suppose so, i mean the majority of NHS staff are over paid, hence the … i suppose so, i mean the majority of NHS staff are over paid, hence the pay freeze to help the banks back on track[/i]



Really have you seen the NHS pay scale? Ward clerk wages start at 13k PA Domestics 10k PA Health care assistants ( that practically run the wards due to lack of qualified staff and give all the care) 12k Nurse 21k. Overpaid? Really? Even a new ward sister can be as little as 25K
Shellywelly

Really have you seen the NHS pay scale? Ward clerk wages start at 13k PA … Really have you seen the NHS pay scale? Ward clerk wages start at 13k PA Domestics 10k PA Health care assistants ( that practically run the wards due to lack of qualified staff and give all the care) 12k Nurse 21k. Overpaid? Really? Even a new ward sister can be as little as 25K




lmao

that post was so sarcastic, I'm quite shocked you thought that was in any way near serious considering I work for the NHS.....................
Ah ok then I'll let you off as a low paid NHS worker my back is up as soon as I see a post like this! lol
If the contract is not renewed then fair enough, but what annoys me is that staff were allowed to pay for a copy up to a week before the contract was binned, why not allow those who already have it to use it?

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Who cares? No one is gonna uninstall it anyway. MS have to make an effort to protect their IP but they know full well no one will uninstall.
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people still pay for MS office? oO
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csiman

people still pay for MS office? oO



yes it was a hard decision to pay £8 to have a DVD in a case and serial sent to me or spend days downloading it only for it to contain tons of spyware and trojans.
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