Campus software licensing


Several campus-wide software programs (Microsoft, Apple, Symantec) related to desktop computers are consolidated at The University of Montana. Under this consolidation, much of the commonly used software that campus departments had been purchasing directly from vendors using unit funds is available through central distribution without cost to departments. This consolidation was made possible through increased central funding plus specific annual commitments from Academic Affairs (faculty computer funds), the Student Computer Fee, and Student Affairs. In addition, the University has an agreement with Adobe through The Bookstore for purchasing Adobe products.

Other software is also available either through the UM Bookstore or through Information Technology. 


  • For Windows/PCs, the latest MS Windows client operating system (upgrade version only) and access to patches and updates.

  • For Windows/PCs and Macs, the current version of MS Office Professional.

  • For desktop and laptop computers, the core Client Access Licenses (CALs) to access MS Windows service applications, including Exchange e-mail.

  • This combination of software (called the "desktop package") is also available to faculty and staff in a Work-at-Home format through the UM Bookstore. Please note that the on-campus media may not be installed on home computers. (See Software for Home Computers section below for additional information.)

  • The basic agreement can be extended to include additional Microsoft software specifically requested by various departments, at extra cost to be paid by the departments.

  • The current agreement does not cover software for computers owned by students. However, a student can purchase the current version of Microsoft Office University from the Bookstore (see below).

  • The Microsoft Campus Agreement does not cover the Windows Server operating system or Microsoft applications used only by a small number of individuals. A Microsoft Select Agreement is available through the UM Bookstore for departments to obtain those types of licenses not included in UM's Microsoft Campus Agreement. The Bookstore generates the licenses and duplicates the necessary media for same day service. A price list is available on the UM Bookstore website.

  • Detailed information about the Microsoft Campus Agreement (MCSA).


  • Apple provides its OSX upgrades free through the Mac App Store for all Macs, whether owned by the University of Montana or personally-owned.

  • iWork upgrades are also provided free by Apple to Macs running OSX Mavericks. It includes three pieces of office software that are compatible with their Microsoft counterparts: Pages (word processing software much like Word), Numbers (spreadsheet software much like Excel), and Keynote (presentation software much like PowerPoint).

  • Apple software is obtained directly through a Mac computer via the Mac App Store as the means of distributing the software.

  • There are many titles available in the Mac App Store and some of those titles that may be used in a lab are available through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP). These are purchased online through UM's Apple Store for Education as multiple content codes, which are then redeemed via the App Store on each computer a license was purchased for.

Symantec Endpoint Protection

  • Limited departmental distribution for Windows/PCs and Macs, Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) including access to Symantec's frequent virus definition updates for campus use.


  • UM-Missoula has a contractual agreement (CLP Program) with Adobe for purchasing Acrobat Professional and the CS6 line of products as perpetual licenses. The CS6 line is being phased out for Adobe's new model of subscription licensing however, and is not as current as the subscription products.

  • Adobe's Creative Cloud subscriptions are available under their Value Incentive Program (VIP) which contributes to the point levels determining the discount pricing tiers for both the CLP and VIP programs. These are 12-month subscriptions that pro-rate as well so all subscriptions purchased by an individual or unit renew/terminate simultaneously.

  • The Creative Cloud VIP subscriptions are available either as named-user licenses or device licenses designed for computer labs. They are also available as individual applications or as the entire suite of applications from Adobe.

  • Creative Cloud VIP subscriptions are not run in the cloud on cloud-based applications. The software is downloaded and locally installed on your computer. You do not have to be connected to the internet to use the applications, but your computer must connect to the internet periodically to validate your subscription is active. Your documents are stored on your computer as well as on the cloud servers and are accessible even if your subscription expires.

  • Adobe software for students and faculty/staff home computer use can be purchased in the Bookstore.

  • For pricing and order information as well as administrative questions regarding the Adobe contractual (CLP) agreement or the cloud subscription Value Incentive Program (VIP), contact Jay Michalik, Technology Facilitator for The Bookstore, 243-1218, or via e-mail at: For pricing and questions regarding purchasing Adobe Student & Teacher Licensing for personal use, contact The Bookstore's Technology Department counter at 243-1253 or

How to request

IT works with various unit-based IT administrators to facilitate the distribution of Microsoft, Apple, and Symantec software to the computers within these departments. Contact your department's IT administrator to find out what your unit is doing. If you do not have a departmental IT administrator, contact IT Central in Social Science 120, 243-HELP (x4357), or via e-mail:

Adobe: For pricing and order information, please contact Jay Michalik, Technology Facilitator for The Bookstore, 243-1218, or via email:

SPSS/AMOS: For pricing and order information, please contact IT Central at Social Science 120, 243-HELP (4357), or vial email:


IT Central Help Desk at 243-4357 or visit Social Sciences 120, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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