Open License 6.0 Introduction
Software license procurement for the small and mid-size business is convenient and simple through the Open License 6.0 Program. Volume discounts for minimal upfront purchases and availability through a broad worldwide reseller channel form the basis of this flexible approach to software license procurement. Software asset management support through eOpen reduces time spent tracking paper copies of software licenses.
Microsoft Open License 6.0 is designed for corporate, academic, charity, and government organizations who wish to make a minimum initial purchase of five software licenses. Subsequent purchases through Open License may be in any quantity, at any time over a two-year period.
Why participate in Open License?
• Volume Pricing. Stretch software procurement budget farther in comparison to retail purchase options.
• Easy access. Availability through a broad worldwide reseller channel ensures convenient and fast access to thousands of business software titles.
• Simple Software Asset Management. Simple Software Asset Management. eOpen was developed to drive simplicity of software asset management. View Microsoft's records of Open License status, licensee data, purchase/return details, Open License authorization numbers and other Open License information.
• Stay Current. Software Assurance ensures access during term of coverage to the most current versions of enrolled software to keep business solutions competitive.
Open License Offers Two Licensing Solutions
Microsoft Open License 6.0 recognizes that small and medium organization s do not all have similar software acquisition needs. Open Business and Open Volume share many of the same program features, but provide small and medium organizations with different purchase options.
Open Business is designed for corporate, academic, charity, and government organizations who wish to make a minimum initial purchase of five software licenses.
Open Volume is targeted toward small and medium businesses. It offers deeper savings to organizations that choose to boost their upfront purchase. It uses product pools and points to establish the entry minimum for discount price levels. Similar to Open Business, an Authorization number is issued the first time an order is placed and should be used when placing future orders to ensure the two-year price level.
Open Volume incorporates product pools and points to determine Open Volume eligibility. Software products are grouped into three separate product pools; the applications pool, the systems pool and the server pool. Product pools allow the combination of a variety of similar Microsoft software products in order to achieve deeper volume pricing discounts. The applications pool includes products like Office, Project, Visio, and Visual Studio. The Systems pool contains Windows operating system upgrades like Windows XP Professional. Examples of products offered within the Server pool include Windows XP Standard Server and Exchange.
Each software license carries a point value. For example, Office Professional is 2 points, and Windows XP Standard Server is 15 points. The Software Assurance component of License & Software Assurance is worth ½ the total point value of its accompanying license annually. For example, if Office is worth 2 points, Software Assurance is worth 1 point for each year it is maintained during the term of the Open License agreement.
To determine Open Volume eligibility, simply multiply the product license point value by the number of licenses that will be ordered, per pool. Open Volume purchase eligibility occurs when the requirement of 500 points per pool is met. This requirement is different in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. In these regions, the upfront order requirement is both 150 point and 500 points per pool.
Open License Program Comparison