Apple has changed its licensing program for educational institutions, shifting to the purchase of annual coverage to keep software up to date for schools, Apple Insider reports. Through the new plan, institutions can purchase annual coverage. Each year, a license renewal provides 12 months of guaranteed upgrades to the latest releases of Apple software. The program includes a one-time enrollment fee of 10 percent of the annual purchase price, though schools that sign up before Dec. 13, 2009, will have the fee waived. Apple says its new licensing program replaces all current programs, including its Apple Maintenance Program, Volume License, and K12 School Site License. Those under the old plans with credits can be transferred to the new system if they do so before Dec. 13. "The new Apple Education Licensing Program makes it easier to keep your school’s Apple software current and compliant," the company’s web site says. "Coverage is purchased annually, keeping costs consistent year after year, and the new bundle structure allows you to manage against a single expiration date." The program also allows at-home licenses for faculty, staff, and students to use Mac products and remain up to date…

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