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Empower employees with the Microsoft Workplace Discount Programme

Give your employees discounts on select Microsoft 365 subscriptions and Surface devices and accessories with the Workplace Discount Programme (formerly the Home Use Programme) and help provide them with professional tools for personal projects.


What is the Workplace Discount Programme

The Workplace Discount Programme is an employee purchase programme for Microsoft’s valued customers. It offers select Microsoft 365 Family and Personal subscriptions and Surface devices and accessories at a discounted rate through your company.

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Get more from Microsoft with the Workplace Discount Programme

The Workplace Discount Programme helps your employees become more proficient and productive with Microsoft 365 and Surface products at home – increasing employee satisfaction while lowering the need and cost of IT help and training.

Empower employees with the Workplace Discount Programme

The Workplace Discount Programme gives employees the opportunity to own and use Microsoft products. Skill and experience grow from personal use and translates to higher productivity, satisfaction and savings for your company.

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Promotional resources for the Workplace Discount Programme

Steps to promote

Educate leaders about the Workplace Discount Programme.

Digital and printable flyer

Distribute throughout your workplace.

Email and newsletter module

Promote the Workplace Discount Programme in your internal communications.

IT admins

Sign in to the Workplace Discount Programme page with your admin account to learn more about the programme and get more resources.

Frequently asked questions

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The Workplace Discount 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. In select markets, eligible employees also receive a discount on select Surface devices and accessories.

 

Workplace Discount Programme offers for Microsoft 365 and Surface devices are not available in the same transaction and must be purchased in two separate transactions.

The Home Use Programme name was updated to Workplace Discount Programme in July 2022. Any previously purchased discounted products are not affected by the change in the programme name. You’ll continue to receive discounted rates on qualified subscriptions if you keep auto-renewal turned on.

For employees to take advantage of the Workplace Discount Programme pricing, 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.
  • Commercial and government customers who have spent $250,000 USD or more in the previous 12 months on eligible Power BI, Office, Surface devices and accessories, Windows and Enterprise Mobility.
  • 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 six people. 

 

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

To qualify for the Workplace Discount Programme, employees must work at a company that qualifies for the Workplace Discount Programme and have a corporate email address. To verify your company’s eligibility, direct your company’s IT administrator to the Microsoft 365 admin Centre or Microsoft Store for Business. From here, the IT administrator can verify whether your company is eligible for the Workplace Discount Programme and set up the benefit for your employees.

IT administrators can find details about how to administer and manage Workplace Discount Programme benefits for employees by reviewing Admin FAQs or the Software Assurance FAQs.

The Workplace Discount Programme offers a 30% discount on Microsoft 365 Family or Personal annual subscription for use at home. In select markets, eligible employees also receive a discount on select Surface devices and accessories.
 

Workplace Discount Programme offers for Microsoft 365 and Surface devices are not available in the same transaction and must be purchased in two separate transactions.

The Workplace Discount 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’re able to 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.

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

Use the resources on the Workplace Discount Programme homepage to help 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 Workplace Discount Programme.

 

Your IT admins can also access onboarding materials in several languages. After signing in to Microsoft 365 admin Centre or the Microsoft Store for Business, from the Microsoft Workplace Discount Programme section under Microsoft Workplace Discount 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 within your company.