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Are you geared up with Microsoft?

Whilst many businesses are used to purchasing OEM (Other Equipment Manufacturer) product, Microsoft offers a range of licensing options to suit the needs of businesses large and small. TNS has decided its time you know what means what to your business, discuss the most effective option for you, and see how you can best enjoy the budget predictability, flexibility and lower administration costs of Volume Licensing.

Licensing Basics: what is a software license?

A software license grants a user (or users) the legal right to use a piece of software. You need a Microsoft license before you can use any Microsoft software. Copyright law prevents copying of any software product without permission from the copyright holder – including:

  • Physical copies of a software program.
  • Electronic copies on your computer or local network.
  • Copies from the Internet.

Microsoft Volume Licensing offers programs that can help small organizations with as few as 5 desktop PCs find a simple, flexible, and affordable way to acquire Microsoft technology.

The Microsoft Open License program offers three ways to simplify and save on software purchases:

Open Value is designed specifically to give you simplified license management, better management of software costs, and greater control over your IT investment. The Open Value option includes Software Assurance, an enhanced maintenance program from Microsoft that provides you with access to added benefits such as training, deployment planning, software upgrades, and product support.

The Open Value program offers three options: subscription, company-wide, and non–company-wide. Each is designed to meet different business needs. The subscription option is for organizations that prefer to subscribe to software products. For organizations that prefer to purchase software licenses, Open Value provides company-wide and non–company-wide purchasing options. The company-wide option offers simplified license management and additional discounts.

Open Business is ideal for organisations that want to pay for software licenses as they need them. This option helps give your organisation the flexibility to grow as your business needs increase. Open Business is for companies looking to save money without a large up-front volume commitment. The initial order is five or more licenses for any combination of Microsoft products from the same product pool. You can place reorders for two full years and enjoy discounts (as compared to estimated retail prices for Full Packaged Product). There is no minimum reorder quantity.

Open Volume is designed for organisations that want to increase their up-front purchase in one or more product pools to gain deeper savings. The Open Volume option uses a system of product pools and points to establish purchase minimums for discounted prices, and is generally suited for organisation with greater than 250 employees.

With Open Volume, software products are grouped into three product pools: applications, systems, and servers. You can combine similar Microsoft software products in the product pools to receive volume pricing discounts. The applications pool includes products such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Project, Microsoft Office Visio, and Microsoft Visual Studio. The systems pool includes Microsoft Windows operating system upgrades such as Windows Professional Edition. The server pool includes products such as Microsoft Windows Standard Server Edition and Microsoft Exchange Server.

If you want to discuss your licensing requirements please call Total Network Support on 1300 867 867.
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