Software Licensing

ITO provides the following software licensing to the University members:

Acrobat Reader
Adobe allows free download of their Acrobat Reader which can print Adobe PDF files across a broad range of hardware and software. In addition, Acrobat Reader user can also fill in and submit Adobe PDF forms.

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Acrobat Professional
Users are eligible to use the latest version of Acrobat (both Windows and Macintosh platforms). Please note that the license of Acrobat is installed for office machines ONLY, not for home-use notebooks and PCs. You may continue to use your current version or upgrade to the latest version. For any upgrade assistance, please contact our Service Call Centre at Ext. 7899.

Eset NOD32 Anti-Virus software
NOD32 anti-virus is replacing McAfee’s anti-virus software since January 2009 for a better protection to our users’ workstations.The license of NOD32 anti-virus also covers the staff at home use.

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MathType
MathType is a powerful interactive equation editor for you to create mathematical notation in word processing, web pages, desktop publishing and presentation application documents. It also supports TeX, LaTeX and MathML typesetting language documents. Both Windows and Macintosh versions are available.

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Microsoft Windows/Office

The ITO, with the joint effort of the JUCC (Joint Universities Computer Centre), have successfully negotiated with Microsoft to get a more favorable licensing scheme for the UGC-funded institutions.The number of software licenses required for the whole University (covering all staff and students) will be calculated based on the number of FTE staff. With this Campus License Agreement, all staff AND students have the right to use the following Microsoft products in the campus:

  1. Microsoft Office Professional Edition
  2. Microsoft Office Macintosh Edition
  3. Microsoft Windows Upgrades
  4. Microsoft Access License (CAL) for Windows Server, Exchange Server, System Management Server, SharePoint Portal Server

In addition, Microsoft has announced the Advantage program under the Microsoft Campus Agreement in which Microsoft Office Professional Plus will be extended to HKBU Staff and Students. This allows Staff and Students to install the Office Professional Plus on their personal-owned computers (non-campus computers).

For details, please refer to the Policies & Guidelines: Guidelines for Activating Microsoft Product.

SAS

ITO has acquired a campus license of SAS Education Analytical Suite (EAS). The license will allow free use of the software components for teaching, academic research, as well as internal reporting and analysis purposes within the campus. Functionalities in the package include statistical analysis, operations research, forecasting, econometrics, optimization, decision support, report writing and graphics. For the software components as well as the installation arrangement, please contact our Service Call Centre at 3411-7899 or email to hotline@hkbu.edu.hk for more details.

SPSS
JUCC has reached an agreement with IBM for the use of SPSS software by its member institutes. Modules covered by this agreement include : SPSS Base, Regression, Advanced Statistics, Custom Tables, Data Preparation, Missing Values, Forecasting, Decision Trees, Direct Marketing, Complex Samples, Conjoint, Neural Networks, Bootstrapping, Categories, Exact Tests, Visualization Designer, Sample Power and AMOS.

Departments may request for software installation by submitting the Request Form to ITO and paying an annual charge. The charge will be credited to ITO account initially through an inter-department transfer by the Finance Office. Settlement of payments with JUCC will then be arranged by ITO annually.
The annual charge, which may be reviewed every year, shall be paid per installation and will cover the usage of the software for one year starting 1st July each year.

VMware

Five Years Campus License Agreement has been made with the VMware by JUCC, effective from 1 January 2013. Department/Faculty/School could acquire the license on an annual basis with effective date on 1 January. The software installation could be arranged by user upon request.

Note: All licenses will expire at the end of December each year and are subject to renewal at the anniversary date of 1 January. Annual license fee has to be paid in full and pro‐rata usage arrangement for first year enrollment is available.

Software Licensing Policy

The amended legislation (Intellectual Property Ordinance 2000) came into operation on 1 April 2001. The Ordinance imposes serious punishments on infringement of copyright including software licenses. In particular, it combats corporate copyright piracy activities.

Under the provisions of the ordinance, the relevant government departments may send officials to organizations including universities to conduct spot checks on any illegal use of unlicensed software. The image of the University is bound to suffer if any copyright piracy activities were discovered in the University campus.

For the guidelines on the use of University network services with reference to the Protection of Copyright Works, please refer to “Wi-Fi & Network Access“.

All servers maintained by ITO in the University have been either covered by site licenses (unlimited usage) or by a sufficient number of licenses. Hence, users can legally run any software downloaded from these servers. For those servers which are installed and managed by individual Faculty/ School/ Department/ Office, the responsible parties are strongly advised to thoroughly check and ensure that all software packages are properly licensed.

Furthermore, staff members are requested to check and ensure that all software packages installed on their office PC’s or server hard disk are sufficiently covered by appropriate licenses. Unlicensed or unauthorized software, if any, in their individual PC or server should be removed immediately; otherwise they will be personally responsible for any consequences arising from any illegal use of software on their part.

Guidelines for Activating Microsoft Product

How to protect your PDF  Document?

How to protect your Microsoft Office Document?

Please refer to the specific service for charging details:
Software Charge
Acrobat Reader
Acrobat Professional
Eset NOD32 Anti-Virus software
MathType
Microsoft Office
SAS
SPSS
VMware
Charging Scheme