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Software Updates - Adobe & Microsoft

Microsoft Office 2016 & Windows 10

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac and Windows has been released. Compatibility with all enterprise features is being tested. Faculty and staff Mac users are encouraged to update university-owned workstations due to the many improvements over Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac. Windows users can also upgrade, but the changes are not as significant. To upgrade university-owned workstations, please contact the ATUS Help Desk, 650.3333, or your departmental technical support staff.

Faculty and staff can upgrade to Microsoft Office 2016 on personally-owned workstations through Microsoft Office 365. Simply log in to Office 365 through MyWestern or mail.wwu.edu, then go to Settings > Software. More info  

Windows 10 has also been released and is also being tested by campus technical staff. Once campus configuration options have been finalized, Windows 10 will become available. It is anticipated that it will be installed by technical staff on a group-by-group or as-needed basis.      

Adobe Creative Cloud DC 2015

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (Digital Cloud) are now available to subscribers of the Adobe Creative Cloud Enterprise Program. Creative Cloud Named Users can upgrade through the Creative Cloud Desktop that is installed as part of the Creative Cloud bundle. The Creative Cloud software has two major upgrades per year, usually one in June and another in October.

The Adobe CCE license includes Acrobat Pro, After Effects, Audition, Dreamweaver, Edge, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Photoshop, Premier Pro and more. Despite the "Creative Cloud" name, the software is not web-based, but installed on workstations.Current WWU pricing is below. The annual subscription is renewed each August. 

 Named User LicenseAdministrative WorkstationAcademic Lab
Creative Cloud Enterprise$90 per year$90 per year$46 per year
Adobe Acrobat Pro$15 per year$15 per year$10 per year
 The software can be installed on two workstations for the exclusive use of the licenseeThe software can be installed on a single workstation to be used by anyone using the workstationThe software can be installed on one workstation for use by students for academic purposes

Software Terms

More and more software is licensed by subscription with annual payments. Ten years ago, most software was “perpetual”. The terms below may help you to understand what you are getting when you buy software.

Perpetual license: The software license does not expire. It can be used indefinitely without additional payments. This doesn’t mean that the software will be useful forever, however. Often operating system upgrades which are not compatible with prior software versions force an upgrade to a new version. Sometimes new and improved features make it beneficial to upgrade. Examples of perpetual software at WWU include Adobe Acrobat Pro X, Adobe Creative Suite CS6, Apple Final Cut Pro, MathWorks MatLab.  

Software maintenance: Annual payments for perpetual licenses that usually provide upgrades and technical support. Software maintenance is generally from 20% to 40% of the cost of the new software. While not required, maintenance payments are often an economical way to keep perpetual software up-to-date. Examples of software with maintenance available at WWU include MathWorks MatLab and TechSmith Camtasia.

Subscription or Term Software: The software license is for a limited time only, usually one year. If the subscription is not renewed, the software is no longer licensed and will no longer run. Subscription software sometimes costs more the first year with a nominal renewal fee. Other software titles cost the same each year. Examples of subscription software at Western include IBM SPSS Statistics, Adobe Creative Cloud, LyndaPro Online Learning, and Parallels for Mac Enterprise.

Please let me know if you have any questions about your software licenses. Susan.Brown@wwu.edu or 360.650.7388.

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