[NHDOE-ETNews] 4 question survey on NHSTE/Microsoft Licensing

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Mon Nov 16 12:44:06 EST 2009


If you are a tech coordinator, please consider answering 4 easy
questions about the NHSTE/Microsoft licensing prices for schools. The
message below was recently sent to NHSTE tech coordinators from Pam
McLeod, current NHSTE President. If you are already on the NHSTE
listserv, you may have already received this. 

Regards,
Cathy
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Dr. Cathy Higgins, State Educational Technology Director
Office of Educational Technology
NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301
Voice: 603-271-2453 *** Fax: 603-271-1953 
OET Website: www.nheon.org/oet
ETNews Listserv: http://maillist2.nh.gov/mailman/listinfo/nhdoe-etnews

This survey contains only 4 easy questions!

Please fill the survey out online if possible: 
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEZSdFpIdVc5ZlRZemNtdWJC
THZZS0E6MA 

Microsoft and NHSTE are investigating a change in the way School
Agreements are licensed.  If this method of licensing is found to be
feasible for both NH districts and for Microsoft, it could drastically
change the way School Agreements are priced.  By pricing per FTE
employee, rather than per workstation, schools would not be penalized
for purchasing Macs or Linux devices which access your Microsoft
servers, nor would increasing the numbers of student workstations,
netbooks, thin clients, etc. increase your annual software licensing
cost from Microsoft.  By licensing annually, you are perpetually covered
for every OS (automatic upgrades to Windows 7, or downgrades to XP),
every version of Office, and most of their server products (Exchange,
SharePoint, Systems Center, LCS, Forefront security).

The feedback we at NHSTE receive the most is that School Agreements are
convenient but "too expensive", so this could be a very exciting price
change for us in NH.  Microsoft is looking towards NH as a test bed for
this new mode of licensing, so I cannot overemphasize how significant
this is - they are hearing the feedback from NH schools and are actively
addressing ways to make their server, workstation, and OS products more
affordable for us!  They are listening to us at the Executive Level, so
please take a moment to provide your feedback and numbers in the survey
below.

We ask all districts who use Microsoft products to complete this very
short survey at the Google forms link below.  If for some reason Google
spreadsheets/forms are not accessible from your district, you are
welcome to email me your responses.

Thank you,
Pam

Pamela R. McLeod
Director of Technology, Alton Central School / SAU #72
President - NH Society for Technology in Education
(603) 875-0394 voice
(603) 875-0380 FAX
pmcleod at alton.k12.nh.us

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