June 30 is the final date that students will be able to purchase or upgrade Microsoft Office or Windows Operating System upgrades, or download Symantec Antivirus software, through the University of Minnesota's contracts. Due to dramatically reduced student purchases over the past few years and the availability of products like Office365 and Google Apps, it is no longer cost-effective for the University to continue these contracts.
Students can continue to use previously purchased MIcrosoft licenses through June 30, 2014. After that date the software will need to be uninstalled. Students that graduate on or before June 30, 2014 will maintain their licenses indefinitely. Students who have purchased extended access to their product key and image download through Kivuto will continue to have such access until their extended access expiration date. After that date, students can still find great discounts on these and many more Microsoft products directly from Microsoft.
Students who have downloaded and installed Symantec prior to June 30 can continue to use it indefinitely at the most recent version downloaded. They will be able to receive updates for that version through the end of that product's life, which Symantec estimates to be roughly through 2017. However, to upgrade to a new version, students will need to purchase their own license direct from Symantec. Alternately, students may opt to intall one of these free options recommended by University IT:
- Sophos for Mac
- Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP and Windows 7
- Windows Defender for Windows 8