MESSAGES 2015 :: MAY 29, 2015

Special Announcement Re: MS Office ProPlus

Dear LEA Superintendents and Technology Directors,

Microsoft, DPI and the Office of State Budget Management (OSBM), are currently exploring options to provide Office ProPlus to all teachers, staff and students in NC for use at school and at home. This initiative will save a significant amount of money as the proposed cost is less than the total amount currently spend annually by LEAs and Charter Schools in purchasing Microsoft Office products.

OSBM has requested historical sales records from Microsoft. In order to help OSBM conduct their due diligence, Microsoft intends to provide OSBM a three year record that will include LEA and Charter School estimated amount they have spent on Microsoft Office products. No personal information will be shared and the information will not be distributed beyond OSBM.

However, before we sent this information to OSMB, we want to allow you to opt out of this disclosure for any reason. If you do not want your district data to be included in this disclosure, please send an email to Michael Nicolaides ( within two business days and your data will be removed from the record.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email Michael or Eric Robertson of Microsoft ( / 612.419.1733).

Thank you,

Michael Nicolaides

NCDPI Chief Information Officer