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“A lesser known part of Microsoft’s volume licensing programs for large companies and organizations is the Home Use Program (HUP).

It’s so little known many companies don’t seem to know about it and let their staff take advantage of it.

How it works

Organizations that subscribe to Microsoft’s Software Assurance program (part of Volume Licensing) can allow employees to buy a special license to use MS Office on a home computer.

Each Office license bought with the Volume License is actually two licenses – the Office application for use in the organization plus a corresponding Home Use Program license.

In other words, the HUP involves no additional cost to a company (except a little time to setup the HUP in-house). The organization has already paid for HUP entitlements as part of the Volume License / Software Assurance agreement.

Which organizations?

Any organization that has signed up for Software Assurance can become part of the Home Use Program if they are in one of these Volume Licensing programs: Open License, Open Value, Open Value Company-wide, Open Value Subscription, Select License, Select License Software Assurance Membership, Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Subscription Agreement, Campus Agreement or School Agreement.

Most small, medium and large companies fall into that category as well as non-profits, schools, colleges and government departments.”

via Office Watch.