Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Microsoft Licensing Overview

In my day to day, I get asked how much does this software cost. I figured, I should throw this blog up to show the different licensing models and then you begin to figure out pricing after choosing a model.

SPLA Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement is for services providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to license the latest Microsoft software to provide software services and hosted applications to customers.

With the SPLA, service providers and ISVs can license Microsoft products on a monthly basis, during a three-year agreement term, to host software services and applications to their customers. SPLA supports a variety of hosting scenarios to help you get highly-customized and robust solutions to a wide set of customers.

Details :SPLA

Open Licences – For small and MidSize Organizations

Open Value

Open Value is the recommended program if you have a small to midsize organization with five or more desktop PCs and want to simplify license management, manage software costs, and get better control over your investment. It also includes Software Assurance, providing access to valuable benefits such as training, deployment planning, software upgrades, and product support help you boost the productivity of your entire organization.

Open Value Subscription

Open Value Subscription provides the lowest up-front costs of the Open Program options with the flexibility to reduce the total licensing costs in years when the desktop PC count declines This option gives your organization the rights to run the software throughout your organization only during the term of the agreement with Microsoft. You also have the ability to add the single platform option to an Open Value Subscription agreement.

Open License

Open License is a good choice if you are a corporate, academic, charitable, or government organization that wants to pay as you go. You must have a minimum initial purchase of five software licenses for an Open License agreement, but you can acquire additional licensed products through Open License in any quantity at any time during the two-year agreement term.


With an initial purchase of five or more licenses, you can acquire products as you need them over the term of your agreement.

In addition to commercial business, Microsoft offers Open programs for the following industries:

  • Government organizations

  • Health organizations

  • Educational institutions

  • Qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations

  • Multinational organizations

Details – Open Licenses

Select Plus – For MidSize and Large Organizations –DOA as of July 1, 2011

Details – Select Plus

EA – Enterprise Agreements – Large Organizations

The simplest and more flexible option but you have to be a large organization and work with an Account Executive from Microsoft.

The Basics

The Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) is the best licensing program for organizations that want to standardize IT across the enterprise yet retain the flexibility to choose from on-premises and cloud services.

The EA brings you:

  • Attractive volume pricing

  • Full benefits of Software Assurance

  • Flexibility to transition to cloud services at your own pace

  • Simplified license management though a single company-wide agreement

  • Flexible, cost-effective, manageable licensing

Details – EA


This is a great 73 page PDF which contains the nitty gritty about he licensing options.

Happy Licensing!

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