Microsoft globally sells academic licences for our software and services exclusively through Authorised Education Resellers (AERs). It’s an authorisation programme that ensures that customers are able to get the appropriate advice about the best licensing option for a particular scenario, and ensures that our partners only sell Microsoft Academic licences to the customers who qualify for them (something we call Qualified Educational Users). Over the last few years we’ve been growing the AER programme to be more than just an authorisation programme, so that it supports the changing education business at Microsoft, our partners and our customers.
As part of this, we’ve just relaunched the AER website, to help our partners receive the readiness, information, training and resources they need to do their jobs in a more professional and knowledgeable way.
The new portal not only has brand new training, including Office 365 and cloud services, to complement traditional licensing and sales training, but it now has a new look and feel to make it easier to find the information that a new or returning partner might require.
Every Microsoft AER renews their accreditation every year, and that’s just one of the things they can do through the AER website.
The AER website for education customers
For our education customers, there’s two key reasons why you might want to use the AER website:
Find an Authorised Education Reseller
You can search for an AER on the website easily – via country, state, city/suburb or company name. So you can quickly find a local Microsoft partner who is able to help you buy Microsoft software at academic prices. Note: If you search for a partner in a particular area, it is based on where AER’s offices are listed, so you may not see partners who have national coverage in every search.
Check if a Microsoft partner is authorised to sell education licences
If you need to check a partner is correctly authorised to sell Microsoft Academic licences, you can simply pop their name into the ‘Company Name’ box on the AER Search site, and be assured that they are in the list. If a partner doesn’t show up, then you’ll probably want to check more carefully with them before placing an order (for example, perhaps they are in the middle of renewing their authorisation).