Microsoft Licensing Overview

OEM Software :

There is a limited range of software available for purchase for new PCs and Servers, for example Windows and Office software. OEM software is 'tied' to the PC on which it was first installed, it is not transferrable. In addition, there are very limited downgrade rights associated with OEM licenses.

Volume Licensing Programmes :

Volume licenses are suitable for any organisation with 2 to over 500 PCs. There are perpetual and non-perpetual licenses available, which cater for various requirements. The different programmes offer companies of all sizes a cost effective way to buy and manage multiple software licenses.

Perpetual licenses

Perpetual licenses are paid for upfront and allow you to use that version of the license forever. Open License, Select and Enterprise agreements offer perpetual licenses. Combining a perpetual license with Software Assurance (SA) enables you to use the latest version of a product and any new versions of that product that are released during the term of your agreement.

Perpetual licenses :

Perpetual licenses are paid for upfront and allow you to use that version of the license forever. Open License, Select and Enterprise agreements offer perpetual licenses. Combining a perpetual license with Software Assurance (SA) enables you to use the latest version of a product and any new versions of that product that are released during the term of your agreement.

Non-Perpetual licenses

Non-Perpetual licenses have split payment terms and include SA, therefore you would be covered to use new releases during the period of your agreement. Once the agreement expires the licenses must be bought out or the agreement renewed. If you choose not to renew the agreement the software must be removed from the PCs. In effect non-perpetual agreements are like renting the software.


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