September 1, 1998
Faculty and staff can save more than 50 percent on Microsoft products through Microsoft Select Volume Licensing Program, a program offered through Technology and Infrastructure Services (TIS), formerly Tulane Computing Services.
As members of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Tulane can participate in this program and offer licensing, programs and manuals at prices substantially lower than retail, says Mary Decoteau, microsystems analyst for academic computing.
"Most Microsoft products are available," Decoteau says. "You have to buy the license but the media [usually a CD-ROM containing the program software] and the documentation are optional."
For example, a faculty or staff member who purchases Microsoft Office 98 for Windows must spend $46 on the license and then can either borrow the installation CD from Decoteau or purchase it for an additional $15. In a typical software catalog, the same product costs $180 for academic institutions. License fees vary, but once an individual has purchased the license for a work computer, Microsoft allows that license to apply to his or her home computer as well, Decoteau adds.
Since a Washington state company, Multiple Zones International, administers the program, faculty and staff members must buy the products using a purchase order. Decoteau says the program has sold about 1,500 licenses to departments throughout the university since it began last December.
More information about the program and the products available is found on line at http://www.tulane.edu/~msselect. At the prompt for your name, enter "msselect." Enter "explore" for the password.
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