MLSD Overview

Introduction to Volume Licensing

Microsoft Volume Licensing is the most cost-effective, flexible, and manageable way to acquire Microsoft software and cloud services. Microsoft offers several Volume Licensing programs, each tailored to the needs of different sizes of businesses and types of organizations. To find the right program for your organization, you’ll first need to determine the type and size of your organization, the software that you want to license, and how you will use it.

Simplicity and manageability

With a customizable platform and price advantages for volume purchasing, Open programs provide a simple, cost-effective way to acquire the latest Microsoft technology.

Microsoft Open programs offer the ability to add Online Services purchases to your agreement, so you can transition to the cloud at your own pace through your existing agreement.

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

For many of our Online Service products, the five license minimum initial purchase is waived.

Eligibility

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 options for commercial businesses, Microsoft also offers Open programs for the following industries:

Government organizations
Health organizations
Educational institutions
Qualifying nonprofit organizations
Multinational organizations

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