Pay for licenses as you need them
Because you pay for licenses as you need them, you get maximum flexibility to grow with your organization’s increasing and changing business needs.
Open Programs has several variations to fit customers' diverse way of purchasing. Under the Open License Program, customers can acquire licenses only, or licenses with software assurance. They can also renew software assurance upon the expiration of existing volume licensing agreements.
Manage Your Licenses More Easily
The Open License program offers many benefits, including the following:
A flexible pay as you go model
Place an order and start using Microsoft licensed products immediately through a flexible pay as you go model, eliminating the need for forecasting.
Online tracking tools
Manage licenses easily and conveniently through online tracking tools. With the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), you can electronically manage your license orders, review purchase history, download purchased software, obtain Volume License Keys (VLKs) to activate software, and track compliance.
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Share agreements and accompanying benefits
Transfer license throughout a Defined Region.
You can transfer perpetual licences, abiding Microsoft’s transfer guidelines for the appropriate agreements.
The Microsoft Open License allow customers to share agreements and accompanying benefits — such as price levels, centralized license management, and license transfer—with their legal Affiliates throughout a Defined Region.
Acquire additional licensed products
Take Control of Your IT Investment
License and deploy software products as you need with a flexible purchasing
Stay within your budget You can upgrade licensed product organization-wide while staying
within your budget.
One-time transactionPay at the time you acquire software licenses with a
Designed primarily for small-to-medium organizations, Open Programs allows customers to acquire
perpetual or subscription licenses and, at the customer's election, rights to future versions of software products
over a specified time period (two or three years depending on the Open Programs used).
Convey rights to future versions
The offering that conveys rights to future versions of certain software products over the contract period is called software assurance. Software assurance also provides support, tools, and training to help customers deploy and use software efficiently.