Changes to UMN's Microsoft and Symantec AntiVirus Student Contracts

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Changes to UMN's Microsoft and Symantec AntiVirus Student Contracts Ellen Puffe 1/16/14 11:30 AM
Due to dramatically reduced student purchases over the past few years, June 30 will mark the final date that students will be able to purchase or upgrade Microsoft Office and Windows Operating System upgrades, and download Symantec Antivirus software through the University of Minnesota’s contracts. In addition, the availability of products like Office365 and Google Apps, the cost for the University to enter into these costly contracts no longer was cost effective or a wise way to use University funds. 

Students can continue to use previously purchased MIcrosoft licenses through June 30, 2014. Pending further negotiations between the University and Microsoft for the term beyond June 30, 2014, students should be aware that they may need to uninstall Microsoft products purchased under the University license after June 30, 2014. Students that graduate on or before June 30, 2014 will maintain their licenses indefinitely. Students who have purchased extended access to their product key and image download through Kivuto will continue to have such access until their extended access expiration date. After that date, students can still find great discounts on these and many more Microsoft products directly from Microsoft.

Some colleges may decide to purchase licenses for their students, or various student programs, moving forward.  Students should watch for information directly from their colleges.

Because of the wide availability of numerous free or low cost antivirus options, the last day that students can use previously installed Symantec Antivirus is June 21, which is when the existing University contract ends.  Students that wish to continue using the Symantec product can order licenses directly from Symantec.

University Information Technology Software Licensing, Computer Management and Support Services, as well as University Information Security Services offices recommend Sophos for Mac, Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP and 7 and Windows Defender for Windows 8 (included with Windows 8).

Over the next year, departments can expect to receive information on a plan to migrate University desktop computers and servers to a new antivirus program.

Please check the Software Licensing Office, WindowsOS and antivirus pages for future updates. Additional questions or comments should be directed to