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Important Adobe Licensing Changes for Education Institutions

Client Computing | Posted on April 8, 2014 by Angela Cope

It’s been almost a year since Adobe moved from a boxed software model to the cloud and subscription-based licensing approach with Adobe Creative Cloud. And this month we were informed that Adobe has launched Creative Cloud for education. With this comes the introduction of device licensing and changes to the Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) program.

Introducing Device Licensing

The device licenses option solves a number of problems for computer labs. Unlike before (where licenses were assigned to users), schools can now assign licenses to owned and leased computers in a lab environment.

This means you license each individual computer in a lab allowing multiple students to interact with the same application on a single device. Note however that device licenses will not include the cloud services.

You can purchase a device license under the Value Incentive Plan (VIP) and the new EEA program.


Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) program changes

When Creative Cloud was released, Adobe offered EEA as a one or two-year licensing program for K-12 schools and higher education institutions. However, as of April 26, 2014, EEA 1.0 will no longer be available. Note that if you currently have an EEA 1.0 license, you can continue to use the licensed products until the agreement expires.

Come May, Adobe will be rolling out EEA 1.5.

Key Changes coming with EEA 1.5

  • EEA 1.0 was available to K-12 schools and districts and post-secondary education institutions. With EEA 1.5, this agreement can only be purchased by k-12 schools. EEA continues to be an FTE, term based program
  • Post-secondary institutions must now enroll in the Adobe Value Incentive Plan (VIP).
  • EEA 1.5 includes access to the entire collection of Creative Cloud desktop applications (Design, Web and Video).  Also, two additional add-on bundles are available.
  • EEA 1.5 includes Creative Cloud Device licenses, but no online services

What about post-secondary institutions?

Although you won’t be able to sign-up for EEA 1.5, Adobe will be making the device license option available under the VIP program for both the complete suite experience and single apps.

The Softchoice Adobe team feels that device licenses can help your school based on the programs and classes offered to students. Mapping out which computers should require device licenses and who should own user licenses will help your institution save money and provide students access to the latest Adobe creative software in the industry.

What you should do now

If you have additional questions about this change, or need help with making the move to Adobe Creative Cloud for education, you can contact your Account Manager directly, connect with our Adobe team, or leave your questions and comments below.

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