UK Schools to save £10m in Microsoft licensing costs

Schools across the UK could save an estimated £10m on licensing costs over the next three years, under an agreement between Microsoft and the UK’s Department for Education (DfE).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement, which began on 1 January 2013, will give UK schools the opportunity to buy Microsoft academic software at improved discounts and under better licensing terms. Part of the agreement will involve Microsoft factoring freeware into the arrangement. According to the DfE, the MoU will enable schools to use more of their budget on teaching instead of back office administration, although a complete breakdown of how schools will reach the £10m in savings has not yet been revealed.

The negotiations between Microsoft and the DfE, led by Government Procurement Service (GPS), build on an existing arrangement that has operated with the supplier since 2004.

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