Home Use Program for qualifying employees

Many corporate and government employees may be eligible to download and use Microsoft Office software on their home computer as part of the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP).

HUP allows qualified employees to purchase and download a single copy of Microsoft Office software on their home computer for just $9.95!

If you work for a corporation or government agency, you can use this tool to determine your eligibility, or simply contact your software administrator to find out if HUP is available to you.

HUP is one of many benefits available to organizations that have purchased Microsoft Software Assurance. HUP and Software Assurance enable an organization’s employees to use the same great Microsoft Office software they use at work. This can be especially useful to organizations that are encouraging greater numbers of employees to telecommute.

What Microsoft Software Assurance offers

With its distinctive set of benefits, the Microsoft Software Assurance program is truly unique. Get to know the benefits* and discover the value of Software Assurance for your business.

Key benefits include:

  • Boosting productivity with new software versions
  • Deployment planning services
  • 24x7 phone and web support
  • End-user training

You can see additional program benefits on the Microsoft Software Assurance page, and by downloading the Microsoft Home Use Benefit Administrator FAQ.

*Eligibility for Software Assurance benefits vary by offering and region and are subject to change. The terms and conditions of your Volume License agreement and the terms and conditions under which any specific Software Assurance benefits are offered will take precedence in the case of any conflict with the information provided here. For information about the terms and conditions of your Volume License, contact your Microsoft account manager or reseller.


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  • What is the Home Use Program?
    The Home Use Program is a benefit of Software Assurance, one of Microsoft's Volume Licensing programs. It provides a simple way for corporations and government agencies to enable employees to work at home with the same Microsoft products they use at work.
  • Why should my organization take advantage of this benefit?
    When employees use the same Microsoft Office software at home that they use at the office, it can help boost employee productivity and skills and enhance job satisfaction, helping you to maximize the return on your software investment.
  • Are all corporate and government employees eligible?
    No. Only employees of specific corporations and government agencies who have an Enterprise Agreement with Software Assurance benefits are eligible.
  • How do I find out if my agency is participating?
    Since not all agencies qualify for the program, and not all qualifying agencies choose to participate, Microsoft is unable to specify whether employees of a given agency are eligible. To find out if you are eligible, please contact your agency's software administrator.
  • What software/applications are available?
    Qualified employees who are licensed at work can obtain a licensed copy of select Microsoft software:
    Qualifying desktop application Corresponding HUP license
    Microsoft Office Standard 2007
    Office Standard 2010
    Office Professional Plus 2007
    Office Professional Plus 2010
    Office Enterprise 2007
    Office Small Business Edition 2007
    Office for Mac 2011
    Office Professional Plus 2010 HUP
    Office for Mac 2011
    Office Access 2007
    Access 2010
    Office Excel 2007
    Excel 2010
    Office Groove 2007
    Office InfoPath 2007
    InfoPath 2010
    Office OneNote 2007
    OneNote 2010
    Office Outlook 2007
    Outlook 2010
    Office PowerPoint 2007
    PowerPoint 2010
    Office Publisher 2007
    Publisher 2010
    SharePoint Workspace 2010
    Office Word 2007
    Word 2010
    Office Professional Plus 2010 HUP
    Office for Mac 2011
    Visio Standard 2007
    Visio Standard 2010
    Visio Professional 2007
    Visio Professional 2010
    Visio Premium 2010
    Visio Premium 2010 HUP
    Project Standard 2007
    Project Standard 2010
    Project Professional 2007
    Project Professional 2010
    Project Professional 2010 HUP
    Note: The list of qualifying desktop products is subject to change at any time without notice and varies by region, offering, and language. Campus and school agreement customers should refer to their agreements (3.5 or higher) for additional program-specific conditions.
  • What are the system requirements for using Office 2010 on my home computer?
    Component Requirement
    Computer and processor
    500 MHz or faster processor
    256 MB RAM; 512 MB recommended for graphics features, Outlook Instant Search, and certain advanced functionality.1
    Hard disk
    3.0 GB available disk space
    Display 1024x576 or higher resolution monitor
    Operating system Windows XP (must have SP3) (32-bit), Windows 7, Windows Vista with Service Pack (SP) 1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2 and MSXML 6.0 (32-bit Office only), Windows Server 2008, or later 32- or 64-bit OS.
    Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX 9.0c graphics card with 64 MB or more video memory.
    Additional Requirements
    Certain Microsoft(R) OneNote(R) features require Windows(R) Desktop Search 3.0, Windows Media(R) Player 9.0, Microsoft(R) ActiveSync(R) 4.1, microphone, audio output device, video recording device, TWAIN-compatible digital camera, or scanner; sharing notebooks requires users to be on the same network.

    Certain advanced functionality requires connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, and/or Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010.

    Certain features require Windows Search 4.0.

    Send to OneNote Print Driver and Integration with Business Connectivity Services require Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and/or Windows XPS features.

    Internet Explorer (IE) 6 or later, 32 bit browser only. IE7 or later required to receive broadcast presentations. Internet functionality requires an Internet connection.

    Multi-Touch features require Windows 7 and a touch enabled device.

    Certain inking features require Windows XP Tablet PC Edition or later.

    Speech recognition functionality requires a close-talk microphone and audio output device.

    Internet Fax not available on Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, or Windows Vista Home Premium

    Information Rights Management features require access to a Windows 2003 Server with SP1 or later running Windows Rights Management Services.

    Certain online functionality requires a Windows LiveTM ID.

    Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require additional or advanced hardware or server connectivity; www.office.com/products.
    1512 MB RAM recommended for accessing Outlook data files larger than 1GB.
    2GHz processor or faster and 1 GB RAM or more recommended for OneNote Audio Search. Close-talking microphone required. Audio Search not available in all languages.
  • Will Office 2010 run on all operating systems (Windows 98, XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7)?
    No. Office 2010 will not run on Windows 98. Office 2010 requires at least Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (32-bit) or later. Click here for more information.
  • How long will it take to download Office 2010?
    Installation time will vary based on location and volume. It is recommended only high-speed broadband connections are used to download your file(s). The following are estimates of how long it will take for each MSI file to download depending on your connection.
    Approximate File Size (MB) Estimated Download and Installation Time
    1 Mbps 2 Mbps 3 Mbps
    Office Professional 2010 675 - 750 <2 hrs. <45 min. <30 min.
    Access 2010
    Excel 2010
    OneNote 2010
    PowerPoint 2010
    Visio 2010
    Word 2010
    InfoPath 2010
    Outlook 2010
    Project Standard 2010
    Project Professional 2010
    325-425 1-1 ½ hrs. 20-30 min. 15-20 min.
  • What do I need to do to offer the Home Use Program to my employees?
    1) Have the benefits administrator for your Microsoft Volume Licensing contract activate the Home Use Program on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center.
    2) After the benefit has been activated, the benefits administrator will add the eligible company e-mail domains and receive a program code.
    3) Use the Digital Marketing Portal to create a message to notify employees.
    4) Provide employees their program code, and send them to the Home Use Program Web site to purchase!
  • Who qualifies to participate in the program?
    Your employer can tell you if you are an eligible employee. Qualifying organizations are those with Microsoft Enterprise Agreements with Software Assurance benefits that choose to offer the benefit to their employees.
  • What is the cost of the Home Use Program software?
    Customers pay $9.95 for the license and download of each product available. Physical backup media is available for an additional $12.00 (includes shipping; not available for Language Packs). Prices may vary outside the United States.
  • What payment options are available?
    In addition to credit cards, local payment options will be made available, depending on location.
  • Where can I find more information?
    Download the complete HUP Frequently Asked Questions and visit the Software Assurance Web site.