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Microsoft Software for EE Faculty, Staff, and Students
The UW Microsoft Campus Agreement makes certain Microsoft software packages available to students, faculty, and staff either for free or at a very reduced price.
All UWare-related links below will require you to log in using your UW NetID.
Windows and Office - For Faculty and Staff
Under the current Microsoft Campus Agreement, University of Washington faculty and staff can download and install Windows 7 and the latest version of Microsoft Office for use on campus computers only. Specific license information and download instructions are provided on UWare's "Microsoft Campus Agreement (MCA) Software" page.
Under the campus agreement, Windows 7 can also be installed on computers used for working from home, through the Microsoft "Work at Home" program. More information is listed on MCA Software page.
Additionally, faculty and staff are eligible to purchase one copy of the latest version of Microsoft Office (either the Windows or the Mac version) to install on their personally-owned computer. This copy can be used for both personal matters and UW work - there are no usage restrictions. The cost for the downloaded version is $10. If you want an installation disc (DVD), the cost is $22. More information is available on UWare's "Microsoft Home Use Program" page.
Windows and Office - For Students
Students who have paid the Student Technology Fee are eligible to download both Windows 7 and the latest version of Microsoft Office (either for Windows or for Mac) at no charge through the Microsoft Campus Agreement. To download the software please see the UWare page "Microsoft Software for Current UW Students"
More information is available on UWare's Student FAQ page.
Additional Microsoft Software Available to UWEE
There are a substantial number of additional Microsoft software titles available specifically to the EE department, including developer tools and server software. UWEE students, faculty, and staff can browse what's available, as well as download the software, from the UWEE MSDNAA website.
You must log in using your EE account info to download software from the MSDNAA website. In the upper right section of all MSDNAA pages you'll find a "Sign In" link - click on it. A popup window requesting your EE username and password will open. Log in with your EE username and password, exactly as you would to access protected content on the EE website.
Most of the software is provided as .iso (CD/DVD) image files, which can be downloaded and then burned onto a CD-R or DVD-R. After you log in, you can select the software package(s) you wish to download and add them to your shopping cart. When finished, select "checkout" - you'll be presented with options for downloading your software. You'll also be provided with the serial numbers you should use when installing - be sure to copy and save them!
UWEE Computing does not provide Microsoft Office to individuals - it must be obtained from UW per the campus agreement and in accordance with the terms listed on the linked UWare pages.
If you have any questions or run into problems, please contact the EE Helpdesk.