Software Licensing for Microsoft Products


University of Michigan Software Licensing, Microsoft


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 licensing terms with Microsoft

  • Microsoft Office 365 (does not include Windows OS)
  • Microsoft Office 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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