Having met the initial entry requirements, the scheme runs for two years during which further licences can be added to the scheme one or more at a time as needed.
Although the scheme expires, the licences purchased are perpetual and may be used indefinitely. Licences purchased on an Open Licensing scheme are perpetual at the point of purchase. The scheme, however, expires after two years. Volume Licence products all Volume schemes have the advantage that the product licence includes 'downgrade rights' giving the user permission to install a previous version instead of the version specifically identified on the licence.
In due course the user can revert to the version covered by the licence at no additional cost. Volume Licences also include rights for applications to be installed on a server for use in a Terminal Server environment. Qualifying Academic institutions including Registered Charities may purchase specially-priced options under this scheme.
Clients in other regions must acquire licences in those regions. To Qualify: The initial purchase must be for at least five licences any product mix , though there are some exceptions where a single product qualifies for example SQL Core licences and Visual Studio with an MSDN Subscription.
Note that Licence and Software Assurance, on this scheme only, count as double, so three licences with Software Assurance would also qualify. Products Included: All commercially available Microsoft software products on the product list except for some Monthly Subscription products and Online Services and all Step-Up options.
The scheme also offers 'Rental Licences'. License Offerings: Software Assurance new version entitlement and other benefits , on this scheme, is optional but if taken must be acquired at the point of initial order Licence and Software Assurance - it cannot be added subsequently. Software Assurance coverage is in effect until the end of the two year term of the Open Licence - it expires with the scheme but can be renewed on a new scheme.
Licences with Software Assurance added during the scheme would not get the full two year benefit. There are two price bands: Entry Level NL: The entry-level; requires only five licences to enter the program some exceptions. Level C: Products are grouped into one of three pools — Applications, Servers, and Systems - and each pool is treated separately.
Each product offering Licence, Licence and Software Assurance, and Software Assurance is assigned a specific points value and the initial order must achieve a minimum of points in the required pool to qualify for that band. Once the pool is started, further products can be added to that pool one or more at a time for the duration of the scheme. Pricing is always the price which is current on the day of purchase.
Agreement Term: Two years. A new scheme may be started at any time when the initial requirements are met and this is particularly important when Software Assurance is involved to ensure that the benefit is active for the maximum two years. The Software Assurance renewal must be actioned within 30 days of the agreement expiring.
Failure to renew within the required timescale would lead to the option being forfeited and Software Assurance would have to be purchased with new licences. Payment Options: All payment is up-front at the time of purchase.
Product Fulfilment: Some special cases apply. All the preceding Open Licensing Notes apply but with the following exceptions and additions: Registered Charities are entitled to Academic pricing on this scheme. Registration details are required to ensure the validity of the entitlement.
Academic Licences on Open Licensing are at an advantageous price and are available only to schools, colleges, other bona-fide academic institutions and Registered Charities, not to individuals. Formal orders on headed paper are required.
The entry level minimum requirement is five licences and the Level C band has a qualification requirement of points per pool. Further details on eligibility are identified in the 'Academic and Charities' section where a range of other Academic options are described.
This is a relatively common set of questions I have seen over the years, and one that you have probably seen addressed in some fashion on the blog over the years in various different posts. Let me provide a quick overview of that the various programs are, who they are for, and some high-level differences below. Please note, the Microsoft Open Licensing Programs are designed for companies with between 2 — PCs with the exception of the Open License Volume Program which spans up to PCs , so if your organization is larger than PCs, you will should also consider the Microsoft Select and Enterprise Agreement licensing programs.
Open Licensing Programs: Open License — Microsoft Volume Licensing program designed for businesses with between 2 and computers that want to purchase in a very transactional way and prefer to pay-as-you-go. Offers perpetual licenses and is a two year program. Available through any Microsoft reseller. See more online. Offers perpetual licenses and is a three year program. Available through any Microsoft Reseller. Offers non-perpetual licenses and is a three year program.
Open License for Charities — Microsoft Volume Licensing program designed for eligible charity organizations in regions where available that meet certain requirements in order to be able to purchase licenses through Open License for Charities. Similar program to Open License; however, it offers lower acquisition costs for the included items for qualifying charity organizations. Available only through Authorized Open License for Charities resellers.
Open License for Governments — Microsoft Volume Licensing program similar to the Open License program, but with different pricing and partner channels. In some regions, government organizations may also participate in the Open Value for Government and Open Value Subscription for Government programs.
Available only through Authorized Open License for Government resellers. Open License for Education — Microsoft Volume Licensing program designed for eligible academic organizations in regions where available that meet certain requirements in order to be able to purchase licenses through Open License for Education.
Similar program to Open License; however, it offers lower acquisition costs for the included items for qualifying educational organizations. Available only through Authorized Open License for Education resellers. There are additional licensing options for educational organizations besides Open License for Education, so be sure to look online for some of those additional options.
A document that you may find helpful, in addition to the links I have provided above, is the Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide that you can download.
Hopefully the quick overview above helps give a baseline understanding of the what the various Open License Programs available are and will work as a foundation for further Microsoft Open License Basics posts I will be putting up here on the Blog moving forward. If you found this post helpful, you may want to view other posts in my Microsoft Open License Basics series. Like this? Share it with others: Thank you and have a wonderful day,.