Important notice: ESPA Licenses for educational institutions to discontinue in 2024!

September 6, 2023

As an IT administrator within the educational sector, you are likely familiar with the Microsoft Server Package (ESPA). This package provides cost-effective server licenses for educational purposes, and SURF members have benefited from it for quite some time. However, changes are on the horizon that may impact your institution.

Microsoft has announced that they will cease offering licenses through the ESPA model by the end of 2024. This means it’s time to examine the potential consequences for your situation and prepare for this transition.

What are the possible implications?

The impact of this change can vary depending on your institution’s specific circumstances. Several questions need answers:

  • How will the transition to a new licensing model affect our costs?
  • What are the alternatives to ESPA licenses, and which ones best align with our needs?
  • Are there specific steps we should take to ensure a smooth transition?

To address these questions and gain a clear understanding of how these changes may affect your institution, seeking independent advice is crucial.

How can BeSharp Experts assist you?

At BeSharp Experts, we understand that each educational institution is unique. Our specialists have extensive experience and can provide you with independent advice tailored to your specific licensing needs and situation.

Our experts can assist you with:

  • A thorough evaluation of your current situation and licensing needs.
  • Identifying alternatives to ESPA licenses that best suit your institution.
  • Developing a transition plan to ensure your institution is prepared for the changes.

Would you like to learn more about the changes in the Microsoft Server Package (ESPA) and how they might impact your educational institution? Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our specialists for an informal conversation.

You can reach us by phone at +31 (0)85-007 0484 or by email at We are ready to answer all your questions and help you take the right steps for a smooth transition.