Software Licensing for Microsoft Products


U-M Software Licensing for Microsoft (excludes Michigan Medicine)


Microsoft Product Licensing for University of Michigan


There are multiple licensing options that differ depending on specific software title and University of Michigan affiliation.

NOTE:  Alumni and retirees are NOT included in the university's license agreement with Microsoft

  • Microsoft Office 365 (does not include Windows OS)
    • Available at no cost to current University of Michigan faculty, staff, students, emeritus, and sponsored affiliates with regular (not temporary) uniqnames. 
      • Dearborn and Flint campuses are covered under this agreement as well.
    • See for information and to obtain the software
    • Michigan Medicine
      • ​​​​​​​The Microsoft 365 service for Michigan Medicine is managed separately to meet their regulatory, contractual, and security requirements. News and updates can be found on the HITS website. The ITS-managed Microsoft 365 service for academic campuses is not permitted for Michigan Medicine business, education, patient care, or research use.​
  • Microsoft Campus Agreement -- Covers Microsoft Windows OS (upgrade only) and Microsoft Office​​​​​​

Other Resources for purchasing Microsoft software for personally-owned devices:

Additional Microsoft titles are available for purchase by University of Michigan departments:

Additional Information

See for more licensing details.

For WindowsOS upgrades, the commercial operating system can include MacOS (requires windows shell).

***KMS Activation (Key Management Service)

  • Happens automatically in the background every 90 days or so
    • Requires the computer to be regularly connected to a campus network
    • Requires VPN when off campus
      • Intermittent disconnect is still allowed (as in when a computer is taken home overnight)
      • KMS will re-attempt when connection is restored

More information on KMS can be found at


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