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Jisc negotiated changes to Microsoft's standard Office 365 Agreement in order to secure an enhanced position for the benefit of institutions wishing to procure Office 365.

The negotiated amendments cover areas including:

  • Standard liability

  • Privacy and security measures

  • Clarification of jurisdiction and legal precedence, etc.

Jisc's legal adviser carries out a yearly review of Microsoft's Online Service Terms (OSTs).

Please note that in order to use the Jisc amendments, Office 365 licenses must be ordered on an Institution's Campus agreement. This is done via your reseller.

If you've signed up for O365 online and you later wish to use the Jisc amendments, contact us for details about the process of signing up. Once we confirm your eligibility with Microsoft, you can then order the licenses through your reseller and assign those to your users.

Organisations that use the Jisc-amended agreement may be eligible to also use the Google Apps for Education (now G Suite) amended agreement by paying a single fee of £500 yearly.

More information about Microsoft's education plans and pricing can be found at this link.

You may be interested in joining the Jisc mailing list OFFICE365-MANAGERS - where various types of Microsoft users share ideas, experiences, advice, etc.

You may find the the LinkedIn group Microsoft Office 365 useful too.

For more information about any of the above, please contact


The IT law community web site has an interesting article on their web site. In it Joel Harrison reflects on the Article 29 Working Party's endorsement of Microsoft's agreement for cloud services. He sees this as a significant development for the cloud computing industry.

You can read the article by clicking on this link.


Following the EU Court decision on Safe Harbour earlier this week, whereby EU-US data transfers are 'invalid' if made under the 'safe harbour' regime, our solicitor has advised that where a cloud arrangement includes the Model Clauses, e.g. Microsoft’s OSTs, then the ruling should have limited immediate impact.

You can read more at this link:


A Janet customer has sent this request for assistance.

"We are in the process of setting up a MX and DNS entries for a subdomain for Office 365 email to our domain names  and

Have you got any guides or can you assist with the setup?

We have got the required information from Office 365 to configure but are having problems verifying what we have done is correct."

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