Why Volume Licensing?

Microsoft Volume Licensing makes it easier and more affordable to run software on multiple computers within an organisation. Purchasing through volume licensing often reduces cost and provides more customised purchasing options and improved software management.

Some Volume Licensing programmes offer Software Assurance. This comprehensive maintenance offering can help your customers get the most out of their software investment with new version software rights. Software Assurance also provides additional benefits like the Home Use Programme, TechNet subscriptions and access to training vouchers. You can choose Software Assurance at the time of purchase and begin using your benefits immediately for the term of your license agreement.

How Volume Licensing works

Microsoft Office for Mac Standard 2011 is the most complete version of Office for Mac, delivering the tools that your users rely on to manage their lives, connect with others and collaborate across platforms. Several of the same applications that users are familiar with in Office for Windows are combined with simple licensing options and migration paths to make it easy for Volume Licensing customers to purchase or upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac Standard 2011.

Volume Licensing Programmes

  • Open value
  • Open value Subscription
  • Open licence
  • Select
  • Select Plus
  • Enterprise Agreement
  • Enterprise Subscription Agreement (ESA)
  • Open licence for Academic
  • Select licence for Academic
  • University Agreement
  • Campus Agreement

Platform Independent Licences

Microsoft Office Standard, Office Professional Plus, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Office for Mac, Word for Mac, Excel for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac and Outlook for Mac are “platform independent” licences. A platform-independent licence allows for a product to be used on any computer platform that the software runs on (e.g. PC, Macintosh), provided that the version used is the same or earlier than the original version that was licensed. For instance, a customer licensed for Office for Mac Standard 2011 may choose to use that licence to run Office Standard 2010 for Windows. See http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/ for more information.

Which Microsoft Volume Licensing programme is right for your organisation?

Review the options below to discover which programme best fits your organisation's needs.

Open Programme
Entry-level programme that is ideal for small and medium-sized organisations that prefer to pay as they go.
Select Programme
For medium-sized to large organisations with multiple affiliates that want to license software at a business-unit level, while still getting the advantages of being a single organisation. The agreement never expires and has an optional 36 months of Software Assurance.
Enterprise Agreement
For larger organisations that want to standardise IT across the enterprise. Based on a three-year enrolment term, this plan provides the deepest pricing discounts and includes comprehensive Software Assurance.
For academic institutions—several programmes offer flexible options for licensing Microsoft software for educators and students.