Effective August 1, 2011, due to decreased Minitab usage at the University of Minnesota, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is discontinuing their unlimited Minitab license. To renew the license for another year, OIT would need to charge more per license to cover the cost of the contract than individual users could purchase a perpetual license or six-month rental license from other sources.
OIT and Minitab, Inc. recommend that if you need Minitab licenses AFTER July 31, 2011 that you order a new license through e-Academy. A version 16 perpetual license can be purchased for $100 or a six-month rental for $30. You can also direct your students to the e-Academy store. The six-month rental is ideal for students that need to use Minitab for a semester or two.
If you are a current license holder, OIT Software Licensing has already communicated this information with you, as well as, provided details regarding a pro-rated refund as appropriate. Please remember that if you are a current Minitab license holder and user through OIT Software licensing, your Minitab software will stop working August 1, 2011; therefore, we urge you to purchase a new license prior to that date.
For updates and links to order through e-Academy, please visit the UTools Minitab page.