Software Assurance by benefit
New version rights, license mobility, and home use are popular benefits, but Software Assurance doesn’t stop there. You get a broad range of benefits that help you make the most of your Windows, Office, and server products. Unique technologies, services, and rights help you deploy, manage, and use Microsoft products efficiently. And specialized benefits—such as the option to spread out payments over time—can help you forecast your annual technology budget up to three years in advance.
Discover the value of Software Assurance for your business. The Software Assurance benefits interactive chart (PDF, 768 KB) provides an overview of Software Assurance benefits as well as basic eligibility information.
The Microsoft Home Use Program provides your employees a way to buy Microsoft 365 subscriptions as well as the latest versions of Visio and Project software to use at home at a substantial discount. The Microsoft Home Use Program provides both employees and organizations with exceptional value; providing an economical means for employees to use the same productivity tools at home that they use at work.
Microsoft Home Use Program Offers
- Microsoft 365 Subscription Offer*: Special 30% discount on Microsoft 365 Family or Microsoft 365 Personal annual subscriptions
- Project Professional 2019 Software Offer: $14.99 USD or local market equivalent for a license of Project Professional 2019
- Visio Professional 2019 Software Offers: $14.99 USD or local market equivalent for a license of Visio Professional 2019
*Please note that discounts on Microsoft 365 subscriptions through the Home Use Program are not yet available in all markets. For more details about Microsoft 365 availability please see the question below “In which markets is the Home Use Program offer available to eligible companies?”
Microsoft Home Use Program Eligibility
For employees to use the Microsoft Home Use Program discount, they need a valid corporate email address and an active Microsoft account, and the organization must meet one of the following criteria:
- Have active Software Assurance for qualifying Office applications
- Have Office 365 or Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 from Software Assurance
- Be a commercial or government organization that has purchased 2,000 or more licenses of Office 365 E3 or E5 and/or Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 (or a mix of these)
- Be an education or non-profit organization
Eligibility for the Visio Professional 2019 Software Offer:
- Customers with active Software Assurance on Visio Standard or Visio Professional. Employees of these customers who use the Qualifying Office Applications at work are eligible to purchase the Microsoft Home Use Program software for use on a personal device during the term of their employment
- Customers with Microsoft 365 E3/E5 From SA and/or Office 365 E1/E3/E5 From SA subscriptions
This offer is already available to employees of eligible companies worldwide. Administrators will be able to see and manage all of their company’s eligible HUP benefits on Microsoft Store for Business (MSfB) and employees can access the offers on www.microsoft.com/home-use-program.
Exceptions: This offer will not be available in Russia and Venezuela.
Microsoft Home Use Program activation process for the Microsoft 365 Subscription Offer
No, benefit administrators whose company qualifies for the Home Use Program discounts can view and manage their Home Use Program benefit only on the Microsoft Store for Business.
Please refer to Microsoft Home Use Program – A guide for Software Assurance customers for how to activate the Home Use Program benefit on Microsoft Store for Business. Please refer to the FAQ in the guide for any questions on the process.
Azure Active Directory (AAD) is an identity and access management solution. It is an identity service that helps Microsoft Store for Business validate your organization. Signing up for Azure Active Directory does not require on-prem customers to move their existing services to the cloud or purchase additional licenses. For more information, see Azure Active Directory.
To update and modernize the Home Use Program to a broader range of license and product benefits, we needed to change the way we fulfill Home Use Program. Microsoft Store for Business is used for eligibility validation and to assign Home Use Program benefits, and for that it relies on Azure Active Directory to connect information from VLSC and to validate the email domains your organization's employees are on. More information can be found here.
Microsoft Home Use Program Microsoft 365 Subscription Offer employee purchase process
Employees can check their eligibility and view the available discounts on the new Home Use Program store at www.microsoft.com/home-use-program.
For detailed instructions on the employee purchase process, see the Microsoft Home Use Program – A guide for employees.
Get the word out
Make sure that your employees understand the value of this benefit—with help from the downloadable employee communication content available on the Microsoft Store for Business on the Home Use Program Administrator page.
Resources for Benefit Administrators:
For questions on navigating in the Microsoft Store for Business, contact: Store for Business Admin support (See also FAQ page for admins within Microsoft Store for Business).
For questions on eligibility, licensing agreements, or other issues with the VLSC site, contact Volume Licensing Support.
Resources for Employees:
If you purchased products on the Microsoft Store you can view your order history using your Microsoft account at https://account.microsoft.com/services/
If you purchased on www.microsofthup.com (now retired) and you can no longer reach that site, then please review the FAQs on www.microsoft.com/homeuseprogram to find a link for how to request your order history.
Home Use Program employee FAQ: https://aka.ms/hup_faq
Employee Support: https://support.microsoft.com/