Microsoft Open Business Licensing
Microsoft Open Business Licensing allows businesses to purchase Microsoft products at discount prices with a minimum of just five licenses. One of the benefits of Open Business compared to Open Volume is that you don’t need such a large up-front volume commitment, but you still get the savings and convenience of the licensing program. After your initial order with SoftwareMedia you can purchase additional licenses within the program with no minimum quantity, as long as you are within your two year term.
Minimum of 5 Licenses (licenses can be mixed and matched).
A software license grants you the right to run or access a software program, but it does not come with the program itself. In order to obtain the media, you must log onto Microsoft Licensing Center and register. There you will be able to download the media for all Open Licenses that you have purchased.
Software Assurance (SA)
You have the option to purchase your licenses with Software Assurance (SA) or without. Software Assurance is Microsoft’s maintenance plan which comes with 24 hour support along with access to new versions that are released during your term.
- 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 business needs 15 copies of Office 365 Plan E3 and 5 copies of Office 365 Pro Plus. 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 SQL Server 2016 Standard for 5 employees. You decide to purchase the licenses with Software Assurance (SA). Here’s what you need:
Often times you also have the option to buy a Core License. Pricing for Core Licensing is based on how many cores are contained in your server’s processor. Core Licenses include 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 Core 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.
Contact our Microsoft Certified Professionals today to place your order or for more information about Microsoft Open Business Licensing.