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Empower your employees at home with Microsoft 365

Give your employees discounts on Microsoft 365 with the Microsoft Home Use Programme and help provide them with professional tools for personal projects.


What is the Home Use Programme?

The Home Use Programme is an employee purchase programme for Microsoft’s valued customers. It offers Microsoft 365 Family and Personal – premium, up-to-date software – at a discounted rate through your company.

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Get more from Microsoft with the Home Use Programme

The Home Use Programme helps your employees become more proficient and productive with Microsoft 365 at home – increasing employee satisfaction while reducing the need for and cost of IT help and training.

Empower employees with the Home Use Programme

The Home Use Programme gives employees the opportunity to own and use Microsoft products. Skills and experience grow from personal use and translate to higher productivity, satisfaction and savings for your company.

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Home Use Programme promotional resources

Steps to promote

Educate leaders about the Home Use Programme.

Digital and printable flyer

Distribute throughout your workplace.

Email and newsletter module

Promote the Home Use Programme in your internal communications.

IT pros

Sign in to the Home Use Programme page with your admin account.

HR managers

Check if you’re enrolled so employees can get started today.

Frequently asked questions

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The Microsoft Home Use Programme is an employee purchase programme designed for Microsoft’s valued customers and offered through your company. It enables employees to purchase premium, up-to-date Microsoft 365 Family and Personal subscriptions at a substantially discounted rate for use on employees’ personal devices.

For employees to take advantage of the Microsoft Home Use Programme discount, they need a valid corporate email address and an active Microsoft account, and the organisation will need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Customers who have active Software Assurance for qualifying Office applications.
  • Customers who have Microsoft 365/Microsoft 365 E3/E5 from Software Assurance.

  • Commercial and government customers who have purchased 2,000 licences or more, of one or a mix of Microsoft 365 E3 or E5.

  • Education and non-profit customers

Microsoft 365 provides powerful productivity apps that make life more creative, organised and secure. The subscription includes premium Office apps, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, advanced security features, support from Microsoft experts, and more.

 

Microsoft 365 Family. Great for families and households. Includes subscription benefits for up to 6 people. 

 

Microsoft 365 Personal. Great for individuals. Includes subscription benefits for 1 person. 

To qualify for the Home Use Programme, employees must work at a company that qualifies for the Home Use Programme and have a corporate email address. To verify your company’s eligibility, direct your company’s IT administrator to the Microsoft Store for Business. From there, the IT administrator can verify whether your company is eligible for the Home Use Programme and set up the benefit for your employees.

IT administrators can find details about how to administer and manage Home Use Programme benefits for employees by reviewing these FAQs.

The Home Use Programme offers a 30% discount on Microsoft 365 Family or Personal annual subscriptions for use at home. The saving rate is locked in for an annual subscription until the subscriber cancels it.

The Home Use Programme helps your company maximise the return on their Microsoft investment. It reduces the need for software training and lowers IT support costs, while helping to boost employee productivity. Benefits to participating in the programme include:

  • Reducing the need for IT training
  • Lowering help desk and training costs
  • Allowing employees to get familiar with Microsoft 365 at home
  • Increasing software proficiency, which can increase productivity

When employees purchase Microsoft 365 products at a significant discount, they can use the same software at home that they use at the office. This helps boost their productivity, improve their skills and enhance job satisfaction.

For employees who qualify for the Microsoft 365 subscription offer and have purchased through the programme, the discounted price applies for as long as the employee’s subscription remains active, regardless of their employment status with your organisation. However, their commercial use rights end once their employment ends. For employees who qualify for Office 2019 software offers, they must uninstall Office software purchased through the Home Use Programme once they leave the company.

Please direct your employees to these Home Use Programme FAQs for detailed information about what’s included, how to purchase software and how to download and manage subscriptions.

Use the resources located on the Home Use Programme homepage to help you promote the programme to your employees. There, you will find digital and printable flyers, verbiage for use in emails and newsletters, and guidance on how to best promote the Home Use Programme.

 

Your IT admins can also access onboarding materials in several languages. After signing in to the Microsoft Store for Business, from the Microsoft Home Use Programme section under Microsoft Home Use Programme onboarding materials. Select a language to begin downloading the zip file. The file contains assets that you can use to help educate your employees about the programme and promote it internally in your company.