|Licence Type||Customer Profile||Customer Benefits||Products Included||Licence Offerings||Agreement Term||Payment Options|
|Open Licence||Corporate, Government, Academic and Charity customers needing to purchase from as few as 5 licences.||Simple to use and understand. Suitable for both small and medium businesses.||All commercially available Microsoft products.||Licence (L), Licence & Software Assurance (L & SA) and Software Assurance (SA).||Two Years Renewable.||Up front.|
|Open Value||Corporate and academic customers wishing to purchase as few as 5 licences.||Simple method of buying any 5 licences with SA with deferred annual payment.||The full range of Microsoft business software.||
L & SA
|Three Years Renewable.||Annual Payment.|
|Open Value - Company Wide||Small and medium sized Corporates with as few as 5 PCs that wish to standardise on Microsoft products throughout their organisation.||Provides standardisation on the desired platform with split payment. Small Business Platform now available.||Microsoft platform plus additional products available ad hoc.||
L & SA
|Three Years Renewable.||Annual Payment.|
|Open Value - Subscription||Small and medium sized corporates with as few as 5 PCs that wish to standardise on Microsoft products throughout their organisation, and lease the software that they use.||Simple operation, eased compliance, reduced administration, freedom to grow and reduce in numbers.||Microsoft platform plus additional products available ad hoc.||L & SA.||Three Years Renewable.||Annual Payment.|
|Select||Corporate & Academic customers with a minimum of 250 PCs and that are able to forecast their purchases or with mixed software requirements.||Greater discounts for volume forecasts, inclusive media, monthly ordering.||All commercially available Microsoft products.||
|Three Years Renewable.||Licence is paid monthly in arrears, Licence and SA is split evenly and paid annually.|
|Enterprise Subscription||Medium & large corporate customers with at least 250 PCs wishing to standardise on a particular platform.||Very simple to use, guarantees compliance, reduced administration and freedom to grow.||Microsoft Enterprise platform. Additional products available ad hoc.||L & SA.||Three Years Renewable.||Annual payment.|
|Enterprise Agreement||Medium & large corporate customers with at least 250 PCs wishing to standardise on a particular platform.||Greater discounts, simple budgeting, guaranteed compliance, inclusive media.||Microsoft Enterprise Platform. Additional products available ad-hoc.||L & SA.||Three Years Renewable.||Annual Payment.|
|Service Provider License Agreement||Service providers hosting services to third parties including independent software vendors.||Zero start up costs, monthly pay per use, annual fixed pricing.||All commercially available Microsoft products excluding desktop operating systems.||L & SA.||Three Years. Renewable.||Pay per use - per month.|
Microsoft Volume Licensing
Every workplace uses an array of Microsoft software. This means that Microsoft volume licensing agreements must cater for the varied and individual technology utilisation requirements of a diverse range of customers, from the very smallest to the largest in the corporate, education and public sectors.
The decision to utilise or enhance a particular platform or range of products delivers the maximum return on investment when it is licensed in the most cost effective method. Microsoft has created a range of constantly evolving agreements that provide options for customers both large and small. The following is intended to provide a brief overview of the main methods of licensing Microsoft software. They range from simple transactional arrangements for companies that wish to purchase from as few as five licences, right through to enterprise wide plans that cater for both software procurement and support for global organisations.
For a fast response about any Microsoft licensing enquiry, please contact Sales.
For Academic Use:
Microsoft has a range of flexible licensing programs to meet the various software requirements of schools, teachers, students, qualifying government organisations and charities. We can help you to buy at a discounted rate, upgrade or manage software.
Microsoft volume licensing programs offer companies of all sizes, several cost-effective ways to buy and manage multiple software licences - for as few as two desktop personal computers.
If you need to develop and test software, you can purchase a subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). This allows you to license a wide variety of Microsoft server and client software for development and testing purposes, at a significant discount.
Pre-installed on a PC:
Pre-installed software consists of the programs and applications that are already installed and licensed on a computer when you buy it from an 'original equipment manufacturer' (OEM).
Boxed software or "Full-Packaged Product" comes packaged in a shrink-wrapped box containing a licensed software CD for installing on a single computer.
In any organisation, the best solution to cater for your licensing requirements will depend on a variety of factors, such as the size and geographical spread of operations, the way in which licensing has been procured up to now, your short term plans and your longer term plans.
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