Microsoft Open Business Licensing Guide
Microsoft Open Business Licensing
Minimum of 5 Licenses (licenses can be mixed and matched).
- 24×7 Support
Your IT staff will have the support they need if problems arise, anytime, day or night.
- New Version Rights
Get new software versions that are released during your term at no additional cost
- Deployment Planning
Get an interactive session of Desktop Deployment Planning to learn the most advanced techniques, processes and tools in Office and Windows.
- Training Vouchers
Get vouchers for training courses from Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions
Get exclusive access to Microsoft E-Learning Online for visually engaging training
- Home Use
Employees can install desktop applications like Microsoft Office Suites or the individual Microsoft applications on their home computer.
Buying Microsoft Open Business Licensing
To buy now, see Microsoft Open Business Licenses. Requirements for licensing a server application or system are slightly different than licensing other Microsoft programs. See the examples below.
Licensing a Regular Microsoft Program
Licensing a regular Microsoft program such as Microsoft Office is straightforward. You need one license for each person or computer. After you purchase the licenses, register and create an account with Microsoft Licensing Center to download the media.
Your small business needs 15 copies of Office 2007 Enterprise and 5 copies of Office 2007 Small Business. You decide to buy all 20 licenses with Software Assurance. Here’s what you need:
Licensing a Microsoft Server Product
For Microsoft Server products you need to buy a server license for each operating system environment, as well as a Client Access License (CAL) for each user or device that will access the program. After you purchase the licenses, register and create an account with Microsoft Licensing Center to download the media.
You need Exchange Server 2007 Standard for 5 employees. You decide to purchase the licenses without Software Assurance. Here’s what you need:
With this example, you have the option to buy an External Connector which would grant access to the Exchange Server by an unlimited number of external users such as business partners, suppliers, or customers. Read more on External Connector.
Often times you also have the option to buy a Processor License. A Processor License includes access for an unlimited number of users to connect from either inside the local area network or wide area network or outside the firewall. These are typically expensive, so read more on Processor Licenses to see if they make sense for your business.
If you’ve already met the five license minimum requirement through SoftwareMedia and later need to purchase additional licenses, you can do so with no minimum requirements as long as you are still within your term. However, if you have purchased your previous licenses through a different provider, and would like to re-order through us, you will need to meet your 5 license minimum once again (or re-order with your current license provider).
To view all available products, see Open Business Licenses.
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