Microsoft software campus EES agreement

Last Updated: 01/14/2020


The EES -- Enrollment for Education Solutions -- provides licenses as a common good for all CU Boulder faculty and staff and departmental computers, for Microsoft products including Windows, Office, and certain CALs.  This program replaced the "MSCA" (Microsoft Campus Agreement) in 2012 but is similar in most respects.


  • A selection of Microsoft's most common software packages and operating systems.
  • A campus download site for the software and keys
  • Client Access Licenses (CALs) of the Enterprise CAL Suite.


  • The software and upgrades are available to CU Boulder faculty and staff (including student employees) for both workplace computers and for university work conducted on a personally owned computer.  (To use Office for personal purposes, a Home Use Program license can be purchased for $10.)
  • Software can be downloaded, burned to a disc and installed at your convenience.
  • The EES allows you to keep up with the latest upgrades for popular software titles without direct expense to you or your department.
  • The EES is negotiated annually on behalf of the campus with the expectation that this arrangement will reduce the total amount of money the campus spends on Microsoft software and licenses.


  • The Microsoft EES agreement is provided as a common-good to the campus which means there is no direct cost to you or your department.

Who can get it

  • Faculty, staff, and student staff computers purchased with CU Boulder funds.
  • Computers owned by faculty and staff used regularly to work from home.
  • Windows downloads are only for upgrading computers that already run some form of Windows or Mac OS X. This includes installing a new virtual Windows environment on Macs, e.g., in Bootcamp or VMWare Fusion.
  • Only those with an 'employee' affiliation can log in to the download site.
  • Any Trial Version of Office must be uninstalled from a computer before installing CU's site-licensed version of Office.

How to get it

  1. Log in with your IdentiKey to download the software. You will need a fast internet connection.
  2. Create bootable install media on a DVD or USB drive from the .ISO disc image file. On Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows, you can use a utility such as Rufus or ISO Recorder Power Toy to copy the image file to a writable DVD or a USB drive. In Windows 8 and macOS, an image file for Windows or Microsoft Office can be mounted directly and the files copied to install media, instead.
  3. For installing on institutional computers, assistance is available from your Computer Support Representative (CSR) or from Desktop Support Technicians at your CU Boulder office during a scheduled appointment. For installing on personal computers you can get assistance by taking the computer in to an OIT Walk-in Computer Support Center.
  4. To get Office for personal use on home computers, log in with your IdentiKey to see instructions for purchasing a Home Use Program license.