Free BSCW server licences

BSCW Free: Your Own BSCW Server - Free of Charge!

BSCW Free offers use of the BSCW server software at no cost. This free version is available for schools and universities (restricted to educational purposes) and private persons and small organisations (maximum of five users). No technical support is available.

BSCW Free contains all of the basic BSCW functions, including shared workspaces, document and version management, full text searches, blogs & forums, calendars, tags and communities and is a fully functional groupware system. The entire range of BSCW functions is available only with a BSCW Professional license however.


BSCW Home

BSCW Home offers free entry into the world of web-based group collaboration for private persons and small organisations (a maximum of five registered users is included in this license). This allows organisations such as clubs, associations or start-up companies to coordinate their work using their own shared workspace server at no cost. The BSCW Home license provides use of the BSCW Free version, which contains all basic features for shared group collaboration.

If the need for more functionality or users arises, the licensee can upgrade to the BSCW Professional license model on short notice at affordable rates.


BSCW Educational

The BSCW groupware has been available to school and university students since 1998 through the Educational license. This allows schools and universities to use the software for educational purposes at no charge. This license prohibits use of the BSCW server for other purposes such as grant projects.

The BSCW Educational license offers schools and universities use of the BSCW Free version, which contains all basic features for shared group collaboration. OrbiTeam also offers the Campus license as an alternative model for schools and universities. It provides the full range of functions, with no restrictions and with full support (BSCW Professional), at reasonable rates.


Questions and Answers

How do I obtain a BSCW Home license?

Download the BSCW server software from our web site and install it on your server. Request a license as BSCW server administrator (options/admin/upgrade license) and select "BSCW Home" as the license type. After the request has been processed, you will receive the license key and additional information via e-mail.

How do I obtain a BSCW Educational license?

Download the BSCW server software from our web site and install it on your server. Request a license as BSCW server administrator (options/admin/upgrade license) and select "BSCW Educational" as the license type. Please sign and return the license agreement to us! After the request has been processed, you will receive the license key and additional information via e-mail.

Do I have to accept a special license agreement?

After submitting a request for a special free license (BSCW Free), a license agreement will be displayed. The licensee must accept the license agreement in order to use the software. In the request is for an Educational license, the licensee must print out, sign and return the agreement to OrbiTeam (fax, e-mail, regular post). OrbiTeam will then review the request and determine if the licensee fulfils the requirements for a free license. As a rule, OrbiTeam grants educational licenses to public schools and universities for educational purposes, but reserves the right to deny such licenses without stating the reason.

Still have questions?

If you have any further questions regarding the license model or are unsure which license to choose, please do not hesitate to contact us.