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Hardware and Software Purchasing Announcements

Upcoming Minitab Statistical Software Demonstration

On Tuesday, February 18th, at 9:30am representatives from Minitab will be demonstrating this statistical product and answering questions as to how Minitab compares to other statistical software packages such as SPSS and SAS. 

Registration for the demonstration is available at

Adobe Licensing Changes

Creative Suites 6 (CS6) will be the last version of Creative Suites. It is being replaced with the Creative Cloud (CC), a subscription model. With Adobe's move to the Cloud environment, metering, concurrent licensing, upgrade plans and secondary use rights for the new licenses will be discountinued. Each machine will require its own license. In addition, licenses that are part of the Creative Cloud bundles cannot be purchased on their own, with the exception of Acrobat.

Temple University has enrolled in the Adobe Enterprise Agreement for the new Creative Cloud software. The subscription term runs from August 12, 2013 to August 11, 2014. The available bundles are as follows:

Please consider the following notes prior to purchasing a subscription:

Everyone is encouraged to investigate the possibility of an alternative to Adobe software. There are several software titles, including open source, which may fit your needs.

If you are interested in purchasing a subscription, please email for pricing, part numbers and ordering instructions.

Microsoft Dreamspark Standard Subscription Enrollment

Temple University is enrolled in Microsoft's Dreamspark Standard Subscription Program! This program supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes. The listing of titles available are as follows:

Students and Faculty interested in using the software included in the Dreamspark Standard Subscription can visit Temple University's Microsoft Dreamspark Standard page where you can register to take advantage of the products listed above. Please note the usage guidelines for the software prior to registering - only Students and Faculty are eligible to participate in this program. Access will be granted to eligible participants once registration is approved by the Purchasing Department.

SOMA Increase in Hourly Time and Materials Rate

As of July 1, 2013, the hourly labor rate for SOMA Time and Materials has increased to $79.00 (with a minimum charge of one half hour's work or $39.50) plus the cost of any parts that may be needed.

Microsoft to Drop Support for Windows XP & Office 2003

Effective April 8, 2014, Microsoft will officially drop support for these products. Take a look at the Computer Services' Tech Bit for more information.

Tablet Purchases

Departments are not permitted to purchase any tablets (i.e. Apple iPads, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, Microsoft Surface) using their PCard. All tablets must be purchased via the available Punch-out vendors in TUmarketplace.


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