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By marksams, 01/14/2012 - 13:14

Very generally speaking we found that Microsoft have priced the desktop platform products (Windows 7 Upgrade, Office 2010, and Core CAL or Enterprise CAL suite) very attractively, e.g. they will be cheaper under EES if you upgrade within 8 years.

Interestingly though, this is not necessarily true for the server products, and using the Windows Server Operating System license as an example, we found that EES is comparable to a perpetual license after 3 years.

By marksams, 01/14/2012 - 13:04

The answer is yes - assuming your existing Microsoft Office licenses are not more than two versions behind - Office 2003 is too old! So if you have Office 2007 or Office 2010 (Pro or Pro Plus), then you qualify for purchase of an ‘up to date’ license under EES which is 50% cheaper than normal. For quick reference the SKU number for this is 2FJ-00013 (approx. £8.30/year per FTE) instead of 2FJ-00005 (approx. £17.50/year per FTE). For those with Office 2003 it's not all bad news.

By marksams, 01/10/2012 - 09:16

The work at home rights are a little confusing and there's definitely some improvements that could be made in the EES documentation, e.g. in the Microsoft EES FAQ it states:

"For no additional license cost, you can take advantage of faculty and staff Work At Home (WAH) rights for any of the application, system, and CAL products you order for organization use."

By marksams, 01/09/2012 - 15:41

With EES you can take advantage of the Home Use Program (HUP), which is a benefit of the Microsoft Software Assurance coverage included with the EES subscription.

It is important to note that with the HUP, only Microsoft Office is available - nothing else. Whereas the Work at Home (WAH) rights allow you to use a variety of applications for work purposes only (including Microsoft Office) - it is only under the Home Use Program that you can use Microsoft Office for non-work purposes.

By marksams, 01/05/2012 - 11:21

Note: A more recent blog post including changes to the CAL Suites introduced in August 2015 can be found here: Core CAL Suite vs. Enterprise CAL Suite

The Education Desktop can be purchased with either the Core CAL Suite or the Enterprise CAL Suite. The choice is dependent upon your requirements and the use of certain features within each Microsoft product. Sometimes it is worthwhile evaluating the cost of a CAL Suite vs. CAL Suite components if you require the majority of components.

By marksams, 01/04/2012 - 18:58

What is EES?

Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) is a new offering that provides both primary/secondary and higher education institutions with assured coverage for desktop platform products with one annual employee count, the flexibility to add products in any quantity, and simplified asset management.