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.

Watch the Open programs comparison video (WMV 3:30 minutes)

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.

Watch the Office 365 Open video (WMV 1:18 minutes)

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

Open License is a good choice if you are a corporate, academic, charitable, or government organization that wants to pay as you go. You must have a minimum initial purchase of five software licenses for an Open License agreement, but you can acquire additional licensed products through Open License in any quantity at any time during the two-year agreement term.

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 commercial business, Microsoft offers Open programs for the following industries:

  • Government organizations
  • Health organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Multinational organizations

Find resources to help you deploy and manage the assets associated with your Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement.

Volume Licensing Service Center

You can use the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) to download licensed products, access product keys, and manage your Volume Licensing agreements and license acquisition activity—all in one online location.

Software Assurance Benefits

Activating your organization’s Software Assurance benefits is easy. Most benefits can be activated and accessed through the VLSC. The Software Assurance Web site provides everything you need to know.