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Microsoft has announced a change to the availability of Office 365 or Microsoft 365 E3/E5 for certain customers. Specifically, the company says Software Assurance customers or those with over 2,000 customers can now longer purchase perpetual licenses.

According to ZDNet, Microsoft has updated its Home Use Program (HUP) offerings. The company now only allows customers to have Office 365 subscriptions. HUP is a model that allows Software Assurance customers and companies with over 2,000 employees get Office 365 as a reduced price for use in their home.

“Microsoft is updating the Home Use Program to offer discounts on the latest and most up to date products such as Office 365, which is always up to date with premium versions of Office apps across all your devices. Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 are no longer available as Home Use Program offers.” 

Perpetual licenses were previously offered but now only subscription versions are available. On the Home Use Program website, Microsoft says HUP is still focused on reducing the cost of Office 365.

Reduced Subscription

Indeed, subscription are available at a 30% discount, with Office 365 Home costing $69.99 and Personal available for $48.99 per year.

In a FAQ on its website, Microsoft says customers who have already purchased a discounted Office Pro Plus 2019 OR Office 2019 through HUP can still move to the subscription model:

“If you have already purchased Office Professional Plus 2019 or Office Home & Business 2019 at a discount through the Home Use Program you will still be eligible for the Office 365 Home Use Program offer.”