April 28, 2014 – On March 27, 2014, Microsoft announced a new offering, Office for iPad. Office for iPad is available for free from the Apple App Store. The free version allows users to view documents, copy content, share documents as hyperlinks or attachments, and present using PowerPoint, Word, or Excel. To access features such as creating and editing documents, an eligible Office 365 subscription is required.
At this time, the University will not offer Office 365 licensing enterprise-wide. The University already offers alternatives for most of the services offered through Office 365. Further consideration, resource planning, and funding is required before pursuing an Office 365 offering on an enterprise-wide basis.
Please see below for answers to commonly asked questions regarding this matter.
Q: I need to edit and create Microsoft Office documents for University-sanctioned purposes on my personal or University-owned iPad. What do I do?
A: Faculty and staff can purchase or request their department to purchase an Office 365 University, Office 365 Home Premium, or Office 365 Personal subscription. Compare these plans by clicking on the links provided.
Office 365 subscriptions can be purchased from www.microsoftstore.com.
Procurement Services has authorized use of University p-cards for the purchase of Office 365 subscriptions for University-related business. Please note that sales tax will be charged at the time of purchase. After the purchase is completed, email the tax exempt documentation to TAXEXMPT@MICROSOFT.COM. Include “Microsoft Store Tax Exempt Process” and your order number in the subject line. Microsoft will then contact you to begin the refund purchase. Note that sales tax cannot be waived before the purchase; it can only be refunded post-purchase.
Q: What are the University-offered alternatives to Office 365 services?
A: The University offers the following services that are similar to the offerings in Office 365:
- UA Box – Cloud-based storage and collaboration
- Blackboard Collaborate – web conferencing
- An Exchange email platform is maintained by OIT. OIT-supported departments can access Exchange email via webmail.ua.edu.
- SharePoint collaboration site services are offered by OIT. Email the IT Service Desk for more information.