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Microsoft Volume Licensing

Microsoft Volume Licensing programs serve organizations that acquire five or more licenses, but do not need multiple copies of the media and the documentation, and do not want to keep track of numerous individual license agreements. Volume Licensing offers the potential for substantial savings, ease of deployment, flexible acquisition, varied payment options, and other benefits, such as ongoing maintenance. Volume Licensing programs are tailored to the specific needs of you and your customers, based on program type, organization size, and market segment.


Program details and resources

New to licensing? Learn about the basics of intellectual property, software licenses, license life spans (perpetual as opposed to non-perpetual licenses), license agreements (software license terms and product use rights), Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing, product licensing, and Microsoft Payment Solutions. Also, learn how to become a Microsoft licensing reseller.

​Volume Licensing programs
Programs by type​ Programs by organization size​ Public sector programs​

Customer (transactional)

Pay-as-you-go; Software Assurance optional

Customer (comprehensive)

Annual invoice; Software Assurance included

Partner

ISVs and service providers

Small and medium business

5 or more desktop PCs; quick comparison card for Open programs available for download

Large and enterprise

250 or more desktop PCs

Academic

Qualified education user definition

Charitable

Charity eligibility definition

Government

Government eligibility definition


New Microsoft Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE)

Available under the Enterprise Agreement, SCE offers value and benefits through an installed base–wide commitment to one or more Microsoft Server and Cloud technologies.

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 250
  • Market segments: commercial (Microsoft Enterprise Agreement) and government (Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for Government)
  • Licensing offerings: license (L) and Software Assurance pack (L&SA)
  • Pricing based on: number of licenses and Software Assurance packs deployed
  • Agreement terms: 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: perpetual and subscription
  • Payment options: annual or up front
  • How to order: Microsoft Enterprise Software Advisor (ESA) and licensing solution provider (LSP)
  • Physical media: provided (Licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center [VLSC].)
  • Software Assurance coverage: included
  • Products and solutions offered: 15 percent savings on licenses and 5 percent savings on Software Assurance for Microsoft Core Infrastructure (Core Infrastructure Suite Datacenter, Core Infrastructure Suite Standard, Core Infrastructure Suite Datacenter without Windows Server, Core Infrastructure Suite Datacenter without Microsoft System Center, Core Infrastructure Suite Standard without Windows Server, and Core Infrastructure Suite Standard without System Center); Microsoft Application Platform (Microsoft SQL Server client access license [CAL], SQL Server Enterprise Per Core, SQL Server Business Intelligence Server, SQL Server Standard Per Core, SQL Server Standard Server, SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse Per Core, Microsoft BizTalk Server Enterprise Per Core, BizTalk Server Standard Per Core, BizTalk Server Branch Per Core, and Microsoft SharePoint Server); Microsoft Developer Platform (Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate, Visual Studio Premium, Visual Studio Test Professional, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server CAL, MSDN platforms, Visual Studio Deployment Standard, and Visual Studio Deployment Datacenter; and Microsoft Azure)

Server and Cloud Enrollment resources:


Microsoft Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP)

As of November 1, 2013, EAP is being replaced by Server and Cloud Enrollment.

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 250
  • Market segments: commercial (Microsoft Enterprise Agreement) and government (Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for Government)
  • Licensing offerings: L&SA
  • Pricing based on: number of desktop PCs
  • Agreement terms: 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: perpetual
  • Payment options: annual or up front
  • How to order: ESA and LSP
  • Physical media: provided (Licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the VLSC.)
  • Software Assurance coverage: included
  • Products and solutions offered: 15–40 percent savings on Microsoft Application Platform product licenses—BizTalk Server Enterprise Edition and BizTalk Server Standard Edition (processor licenses only), Microsoft Expression Studio Ultimate, Expression Studio Web Professional, Microsoft FAST Search Server for SharePoint, SharePoint Server (server licenses only), SharePoint Server for Internet Sites Enterprise, SQL Server Enterprise (server and processor licenses only), SQL Server Datacenter, SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse, SQL Server Standard (server licenses, processor licenses, and CALs), Visual Studio Load Test Virtual User Pack (1,000 users), Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, Visual Studio Professional with MSDN, Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (CALs only), Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN, and Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN

EAP resources


Microsoft Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI)

As of November 1, 2013, ECI is being replaced by Server and Cloud Enrollment.

ECI resources


Microsoft Enrollment for Dedicated Online Services (EDOS)

  • Minimum number of users: 5,000
  • Market segments: direct commercial (Enterprise Agreement) and direct government (Enterprise Agreement for Government) in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK, and the US
  • Licensing offerings: L&SA
  • Pricing based on: number of users
  • Agreement terms: 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: perpetual
  • Payment options: annual or up front
  • How to order: Partner Account Manager
  • Physical media: provided (Licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the VLSC.)
  • Software Assurance coverage: included
  • Products and solutions offered: Microsoft Office 365

EDOS resources


Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES)

View additional EES details

  • Minimum number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees: 5 for Microsoft Open Value Subscription for Education Solutions (OVS-ES) and 1,000 for master Microsoft Campus and School Agreement and Enrollment for Education Solutions (CASA and EES)
  • Market segments: academic
  • Licensing offerings: L&SA
  • Pricing based on: number of FTEs for on premise platform products and number of users for Online Services
  • Agreement terms: 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: subscription
  • Payment options: annual or up front
  • How to order: authorized education reseller (AER) and LSP
  • Physical media: provided (Licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the VLSC; learn about no-cost Electronic Software Download (ESD) for Student Option by downloading the ESD for Student Option FAQ and ESD for Student Option presentation.)
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing.
  • Enrollments: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Platform, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Platform with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Platform (MDOP) for Software Assurance, Microsoft Professional Desktop Platform, and Microsoft Professional Desktop Platform with MDOP

EES resources


Microsoft Enterprise Agreement programs

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 250
  • Market segments: commercial (Enterprise Agreement) and government (Enterprise Agreement for Government)
  • Licensing offerings: L&SA and Software Assurance (SA)
  • Pricing based on: number of desktop PCs
  • Agreement terms: 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: perpetual
  • Payment options: annual
  • How to order: ESA and LSP
  • Physical media: provided (Licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the VLSC.)
  • Software Assurance coverage: included
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing
  • Enrollments: Enterprise Enrollment, Server and Cloud Enrollment, EAP*, ECI*, and EDOS * EAP and ECI will be discontinued on November 1, 2013

Enterprise Agreement readiness resources

Enterprise Agreement and Office 365 resources

Enterprise Agreement and Windows Intune resources

Enterprise Agreement case studies and videos


Microsoft Enterprise Subscription Agreement programs

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 250
  • Market segments: commercial (Enterprise Subscription Agreement) and government (Enterprise Subscription Agreement for Government)
  • Licensing offerings: L&SA and Software Assurance
  • Pricing based on: number of desktop PCs
  • Agreement terms: 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: subscription
  • Payment options: annual or up front
  • How to order: ESA and LSP
  • Physical media: provided (Licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the VLSC.)
  • Software Assurance coverage: included
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing.
  • Enrollments: Enterprise Desktop Platform, Enterprise Desktop Platform with MDOP, Professional Desktop Platform, Professional Desktop Platform with MDOP, Enterprise Subscription Agreement for Industry Devices, and ECI

Enterprise Subscription Agreement resources

Enterprise Subscription Agreement for Industry Devices

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 250
  • Market segments: direct, commercial only (Enterprise Subscription Agreement)
  • Licensing offerings: L&SA
  • Pricing based on: number of devices
  • Agreement terms: 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: subscription
  • Payment options: annual or up front
  • How to order: Partner Account Manager
  • Physical media: provided (Licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the VLSC.)
  • Software Assurance coverage: included
  • Products and solutions offered: location connector licenses for BizTalk Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, Windows Server, and Windows Server Remote Desktop Services

Enterprise Subscription Agreement for Industry Devices resources:

Enterprise Subscription Agreement for Industry Devices presentation


Microsoft ISV Royalty (ISVR) Licensing Program

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 1
  • Market segments: independent software vendors (ISVs)
  • Licensing offerings: license or license and Embedded Maintenance
  • Pricing based on: use
  • Agreement terms: 3-years
  • License type: perpetual
  • Payment options: monthly
  • How to order: Microsoft authorized ISVR Licensing Program distributor
  • Physical media: acquired separately through a Microsoft authorized ISVR Licensing Program distributor
  • Embedded Maintenance coverage: optional
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent ISVR product list (updated quarterly) or contact your distributor (does not include desktop operating systems, server operating systems, and online services)

ISVR Licensing Program resources


Microsoft Online Subscription Program (MOSP)

  • Minimum number of users: 5
  • Market segments: commercial, academic, and government in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US
  • Licensing offerings: user subscription license (USL), services subscription license (SSL), add-on subscription license (add-on SL) (download the most recent Product Use Rights [PUR] document to learn more)
  • Pricing based on: number of users
  • Agreement terms: 1-year (renewable)
  • License type: subscription
  • Payment options: monthly
  • How to order: Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal (MOCP)
  • Physical media: not applicable
  • Software Assurance coverage: not applicable
  • Products and solutions offered: Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and Windows Intune

MOSP resources


Microsoft Open License programs

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 5
  • Market segments: commercial (Open License), academic (Open License for Academic), charitable (Open License for Charities), and government (Open License for Government)
  • Licensing offerings: license, L&SA, and Software Assurance
  • Pricing based on: product pools, number of desktop PCs, or number of L&SA
  • Agreement terms: 1-year (Open License for Government only) or 2-year (not renewable)
  • License type: perpetual
  • Payment options: up front
  • How to order: Microsoft authorized distributor
  • Physical media: acquired separately (Licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the VLSC.)
  • Software Assurance coverage: optional
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing.

Open License resources

Microsoft Open Value programs

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 5
  • Market segments: commercial (Open Value) and government (Open Value for Government)
  • Licensing offerings: L&SA and Software Assurance
  • Pricing based on: number of desktop PCs
  • Agreement terms: 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: perpetual
  • Payment options: annual or up front
  • How to order: Microsoft authorized distributor
  • Physical media: 1 copy of media provided with initial order (Digital by Choice option is offered that enables customers to download licensed products for no additional charge at the VLSC instead of receiving physical media)
  • Software Assurance coverage: included
  • Products and services offered: download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing. (Online Services are not offered.)
  • Enrollments: Enterprise Desktop Platform, Professional Desktop Platform, Microsoft Small Business Desktop Platform, and customized desktop platform

Open Value resources


Microsoft Open Value Subscription programs

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 5
  • Market segments: commercial (Open Value Subscription), academic (Open Value Subscription for Education Solutions), and government (Open Value Subscription for Government)
  • Licensing offerings: L&SA and Software Assurance
  • Pricing based on: number of desktop PCs
  • Agreement terms: 1-year (Open Value Subscription for Government only) or 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: subscription
  • Payment options: annual or up front
  • How to order: Microsoft authorized distributor
  • Physical media: 1 copy of media provided with initial order (Digital by Choice option is offered that enables customers to download licensed products for no additional charge at the VLSC instead of receiving physical media)
  • Software Assurance coverage: included
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing. (Online Services are not offered.)
  • Enrollments: Enterprise Desktop Platform, Professional Desktop Platform, Small Business Desktop Platform, and customized desktop platform

Open Value Subscription resources

Microsoft School Enrollment

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 1
  • Market segments: academic
  • Licensing offerings: L&SA
  • Pricing based on: number of desktop PCs
  • Agreement terms: 1-year or 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: subscription
  • Payment options: annual
  • How to order: AER and LSP
  • Physical media: provided (Digital by Choice option is offered that enables customers to download licensed products for no additional charge at the VLSC instead of receiving physical media; learn about ESD for students by downloading the ESD for students FAQ and ESD for students presentation.)
  • Software Assurance coverage: included
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing

School Agreement resources:

School Agreement program guide and customer resources


Microsoft Select License programs

As of July 1, 2011, Microsoft no longer accepts new Select License, Select License for Academic, and Select License for Government agreements. Customers are not required to migrate current Select License agreements, and Select License agreement renewals will continue to be available. Take advantage of this opportunity to transition your Select License customers to Microsoft Select Plus.

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 250
  • Market segments: commercial (Select License), academic (Select License for Academic), and government (Select License for Government)
  • Licensing offerings: license, L&SA, and Software Assurance
  • Pricing based on: product pools
  • Agreement terms: 3-year (renewable)
  • License type: perpetual
  • Payment options: annual (for L&SA only on agreement renewal date) or up front (for license only)
  • How to order: LSP
  • Physical media: provided (Licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the VLSC.)
  • Software Assurance coverage: optional
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing.

Select License resources


Microsoft Select Plus programs

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 250
  • Market segments: commercial (Select Plus), academic (Select Plus for Academic), and government (Select Plus for Government)
  • Licensing offerings: license, L&SA, and Software Assurance
  • Pricing based on: product pools
  • Agreement terms: no expiration
  • License type: perpetual
  • Payment options: annual (for L&SA only on agreement renewal date) or up front (for license only on affiliate or order renewal date)
  • How to order: LSP
  • Physical media: provided (Digital by Choice option is offered that enables customers to download licensed products for no additional charge at the VLSC instead of receiving physical media; learn about ESD for students by downloading the ESD for students FAQ and ESD for students presentation
  • Software Assurance coverage: optional; Software Assurance membership available
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing.

Select Plus resources

Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA)

  • Minimum number of desktop PCs: 1
  • Market segments: service providers
  • Licensing offerings: subscriber access license (SAL) or processor license
  • Pricing based on: use rights (one price level; not version-specific)
  • Agreement terms: 3-years (renewable)
  • License type: monthly subscription
  • Payment options: monthly
  • How to order: Microsoft authorized SPLA reseller or Partner Account Manager
  • Physical media: acquired separately through a Microsoft authorized SPLA reseller (licensed products can be downloaded for no additional charge at the VLSC)
  • Software Assurance coverage: not applicable
  • Products and solutions offered: download the most recent SPUR document

SPLA resources


Program benefits

Volume Licensing programs and products provide a framework of highly customizable and scalable solutions that help you add value to the services you provide, position your company as a qualified vendor of comprehensive IT systems, profit from the initial order, and, depending on the Volume Licensing program, build an annuity business that can also grow other areas of your business. Volume Licensing increases your business opportunity by enabling your Volume Licensing customers to receive supplementary benefits—at no additional cost—that are not offered with FPP or OEM product licenses, which places you in a better competitive position.


Customer benefits​ Partner benefits​
Attractive pricing and predictable cost options.​ Increase your services revenue. Compared to retail options, volume pricing can help your customers extend their software procurement budgets—freeing more IT funds for your services and deployment opportunities.​
Streamlined software license acquisition through centralized purchasing from a broad reseller channel.​ Be the one-stop shop for your customers. Volume Licensing programs help you offer more-competitive pricing to your customers over time. The more they buy from you, the greater their incentive to keep coming back. And the larger their consolidating license acquisition, the larger your own financial reward.​
Ease of management. Two-year or three-year license agreements with a set price level for additional licenses, minimal paperwork, and automatic compliance management.​ Build and retain strong, profitable customer relationships. Microsoft two-year and three-year license agreements enable you to provide additional services that can strengthen your customer relationships and increase your revenue. Your ongoing dialogue enables you to connect with your customers frequently, giving them a better experience and helping you establish yourself as a trusted advisor. You can have more opportunities to demonstrate the value of new technologies and services and to increase your total revenue with each customer.​
Additional product use rights to facilitate standardization and speed internal deployment:
  • Reimaging rights allow customers to copy software onto multiple devices from one standard image.
  • Downgrade rights allow customers to use a prior version of the product.
  •  Platform-independent licenses allow customers to use the same or a prior version of the product on a different platform. Download the most recent Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing to see the platform-independent licenses.
  • Hardware license reassignment rights allow customers to reassign non-Windows desktop licenses and Software Assurance within the organization from one PC to another. Download the most recent PUR document to learn more.
Become a more valuable resource. Volume Licensing enables you to learn more about your customers’ businesses—and the more you know, the better you can serve those customers. You can leverage additional Volume Licensing benefits in your solution and in the management and maintenance of customers’ software—resulting in tailored solutions, higher customer satisfaction, and ultimately, stronger business relationships. ​
Access to Software Assurance, a comprehensive maintenance offering that allows customers to spread payments. It helps customers get the most out of their technology investments by combining the latest software with 24×7 phone support, partner services, training, and IT tools that help them deploy, manage, and migrate software.​ Become more adept at matching the different licensing options and features. Take advantage of Volume Licensing training resources and attain the Volume Licensing competency.​
Streamlined deployments through volume license keys.

Ensure future revenue streams. Software Assurance can help you drive an ongoing relationship with your customers, while you earn customization and deployment project revenue through Planning Services, including Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS); SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS); Lync and Exchange Deployment Planning Services (L&EDPS); Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS); SQL Server Deployment Planning Services (SSDPS); Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services (DTDPS); and Public Cloud, Azure Deployment Planning Services (AZDPS). Show your customers the value of Software Assurance for their business strategy and demonstrate how it can help them forecast technology needs and budgets. Include Software Assurance benefits in the needs-and-solution discussion and make it an indispensable part of the solution. Including Software Assurance with licenses can strengthen your solution proposal, but should be discussed early in the sales cycle.​
Online license account management through the VLSC.​ Provide simpler deployment, upgrading, and patching. Use volume license keys to perform multiple installations without having to enter a unique product ID code each time, saving you time and facilitating centralized deployment with disk imaging and software distribution.​

Customer details

Identify your customers’ needs and position your company as the best IT consultant to meet those needs. Ask about high-level business challenges. Talk about the competition. Discuss how IT solutions could help your customers drive business. And review current IT assets, licenses, and infrastructure. Ask for the details with questions like these:

  • How many desktop PCs do you have?
  • What FPP, OEM, and Volume Licensing program licenses do you currently have?
  • What are your payment preferences? Are you interested in Payment Solutions? Would it help to minimize up-front costs?
  • How do you typically develop IT budgets?
  • Is your purchasing centralized, or do many employees order IT equipment and licenses?
  • Do you typically lease or purchase new desktop PCs and servers?
  • What software do you need—or want?
  • What is your ideal level of maintenance and ongoing support?

Knowing your customers can help you:

  • Position yourself as your customers’ best-informed source of information about technology products and services.
  • Reinforce the importance of IT investments, and lay the groundwork for software asset management (SAM) services agreements.
  • Help your customers plan for the future by emphasizing your ability to provide solutions to meet both current and evolving business needs.

Guide your customers through the strategic steps to equip employees to do their best work.

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