Programs for Government Organizations

Volume Licensing has government licensing offerings for all sizes of eligible organizations with special pricing and terms to better align to the way government organizations acquire software licenses.

For Small to Midsize Government Organizations

Open License for Government

Acquire licenses from your choice of qualified resellers through an easy, one-time transaction. Software Assurance is optional.

Open Value for Government*

Offers simplified license management, predictable software costs, and spread payments. Software Assurance is included.

Open Value Subscription for Government*

Get the same benefits as Open Value for Government with lower up-front costs. This program provides access to Microsoft software licenses for the term of the agreement through subscription-based licensing. A one-year Open Value Subscription option is also available for eligible government customers.

Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software.

Learn more about Software Assurance.

For Midsize to Large Government Organizations

Enterprise Agreement for Government

Standardize technology across your organization with the latest Microsoft products. Provides simplified license management with a single agreement, predictable software costs and spread payments. Software Assurance is included.

Enterprise Subscription Agreement for Government

Get the same benefits as the Enterprise Agreement with lower up-front costs. Includes access to Microsoft software licenses only for the term of the agreement through subscription-based licensing. Software Assurance is included.

Select Plus for Government

Acquire Microsoft software licenses and services at any affiliate or department level, while realizing advantages as one organization. Select Plus offers the flexibility to acquire licenses as needed, a single agreement with no specific end date and a single Lead Affiliate customer ID to streamline account management. Software Assurance is optional.

Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software.

Learn more about Software Assurance.

Eligibility

Volume Licensing eligibility requirements for government organizations vary by region. Follow these links to learn more:

No OV/OVS in open programs for government in Canada.

Buy or Renew

Ready to buy or renew a Volume License agreement? Depending on your location, take the next step outlined below:

United States and Canada
Contact your Microsoft reseller. For more information, or to find a Microsoft reseller near you, call the Microsoft Sales Information Center at (800) 426-9400. In Canada, call the Microsoft Resource Centre at (877) 568-2495.

Worldwide
Contact your Microsoft subsidiary or software reseller.

Programs for Educational Institutions

Academic Volume Licensing programs put Microsoft software in the hands of educators and students so they can interact, collaborate, and learn.

The Academic Volume Licensing program that is best for you depends on the size and type of your institution and how you want to acquire Microsoft licenses. There are two types of programs: Subscription Licensing Programs and Perpetual Licensing Programs.

Watch the Enrollment for Education Solutions video (WMV 3:23 minutes)

Agreement Refresh 2011 – Find information about recent Volume Licensing changes.

Subscription Licensing Programs

Subscription licensing gives you rights to use the products you license-plus covered upgrades and downgrades-over the license period.

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Microsoft has two subscription licensing offerings for education customers, the Enrollment for Education Solutions and the School Enrollment. Both offer a subset of products including specific application, system, and Client Access License (CAL) products, designated by Microsoft as "desktop platform products," which are licensed on an organization-wide basis.

To get started with your subscription, you place an order for desktop platform products in a quantity that is equal to your organization-wide count (counted in either the number of PC/ devices or Full-time Equivalent (FTE) personnel depending on the subscription offering your organization choses). For products licensed organization wide, even if the number of devices or users grows, you remain fully licensed throughout the designated term, and you only need to report an increase in the number of your PC / devices or Full-time Equivalent (FTE) employees on your annual order.

All products licensed through either subscription offering include Microsoft Software Assurance, a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you maximize your software investment.

  • The Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) is available to both primary/secondary and higher education institutions and offers the simplicity of counting people instead of PCs/devices and the flexibility to add additional products in any quantity as needed.

  • The School Enrollment is for primary/secondary schools and preschools and offers the simplicity of licensing all products organization-wide where you can order any product for a quantity that matches the annual count of your organization's PCs/devices.

Learn how to add Microsoft Online Services to these enrollments.

Perpetual Licensing Programs

In perpetual licensing programs, you purchase the software licenses-giving your organization rights to the software after the licensing term ends.

Program Change:
Effective April 1, 2012, the Student Option under Select License and Select Plus will be retired. The Student Option under EES and OVS-ES will not change. No new Student Select 6 enrollments or Student Select Plus Affiliate Registration Forms (ARFs) will be accepted. Enrollments and ARFs current as of March 31, 2012, can stay active for the remainder of the term. However, students cannot order Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office for the Mac, Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade, or Expressions Studio through a Select Student enrollment or Select Plus ARF as of April 1, 2012. Other products under Student Select and Student Select Plus will be available through the remainder of the term of the enrollment or ARF and can be ordered or downloaded.

Microsoft will continue to work to improve our offerings to students and institutions to provide greater benefits for our institutional customers, administrators, educators and learners. Please contact your software reseller for additional purchasing options for students.

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Open License for Academic

An easy, cost-effective way for educational institutions with as few as five computers to license Microsoft software. You simply order the number of licenses you need through an Authorized Education Reseller. Software Assurance and physical installation media are available for additional fees.

Select License for Academic

A transactional program ideal for organizations with mixed software requirements and the ability to forecast license needs over a three-year period. Recommended for midsize educational institutions.

Select Plus for Academic

Acquire software licenses and services by department or affiliate while realizing volume purchasing advantages as one organization. The agreement never expires and has an optional 36 months of Software Assurance. Recommended for midsize and large educational institutions.

Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software.

Eligibility

Customers meeting the criteria below are eligible to acquire Microsoft Academic Edition products in the programs indicated and are defined as Qualified Educational Users:

  • Educational Institutions

  • Administrative Offices & Boards of Education

  • Teachers, Faculty and Staff

  • Students

  • Public Libraries

  • Public Museums

  • Home-School Programs

Follow these links to learn more:

Buy or Renew

Ready to buy or renew a Volume License agreement? Depending on your location, take the next step outlined below:

United States and Canada

Worldwide

Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Academic

If you discover counterfeit, pirated or any software improperly licensed on your PC, help is available. The Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Academic (GGWA-A) is a cost-effective way for qualified academic institutions to fully license their Windows operating system software on existing Windows PCs. For help determining if your Windows software is genuine and properly-licensed, contact your Microsoft reseller or visit the Microsoft How to Tell Web site.

Programs for Health Organizations

Get the technology that will help your organization support patient health and safety. Volume Licensing programs are tailored to your organization's size and needs, making it simple to predict and manage license purchases.

Small to Midsize Commercial and Government Health Organizations

Open License

Acquire licenses from your choice of qualified resellers through an easy, one-time transaction. Software Assurance is optional.

Open Value

Offers simplified license management, predictable software costs, and spread payments. Software Assurance is included.

Open Value Subscription

Get the same benefits as Open Value with lower up-front costs. This program provides access to Microsoft software licenses for the term of the agreement through subscription-based licensing. A one-year Open Value Subscription option is also available for eligible government health customers.

Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software.

Learn more about Software Assurance.

Midsize to Large Commercial and Government Health Organizations

Enterprise Agreement

Standardize technology across your organization with the latest Microsoft products. Provides simplified license management with a single agreement, predictable software costs and spread payments. Software Assurance is included.

Enterprise Subscription Agreement

Get the same benefits as the Enterprise Agreement with lower up-front costs. Includes access to Microsoft software licenses only for the term of the agreement through subscription-based licensing. Software Assurance is included.

Select Plus

Acquire Microsoft software licenses and services at any affiliate or department level, while realizing advantages as one organization. Select Plus offers the flexibility to acquire licenses as needed, a single agreement with no specific end date and a single Lead Affiliate customer ID to streamline account management. Software Assurance is optional.

Select License

Acquire the latest Microsoft technology through a pay-as-you-go licensing model, so you can maintain a mixed software environment. Ability to forecast your license needs over a three-year period. Software Assurance is optional.

Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software.

Learn more about Software Assurance.

Healthcare Systems and Research Laboratories

Open License for Academic

This program offers an extensive product list and cost savings for schools of all sizes. By placing an initial order for as few as five licenses, you can obtain the most current Microsoft licensed products while managing overall costs and staying compliant.

Select License for Academic

A transactional program ideal for organizations with mixed software requirements and the ability to forecast license needs over a three-year period. Recommended for midsize educational institutions.

Campus Agreement

Campus Agreement offers affordable, subscription-based licensing that helps make it easy for higher education institutions to license the entire organization or just a single department. This is an annual program that can help your organization stay current on the latest Microsoft technology—even on a limited budget.

Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software.

Learn more about Software Assurance.

Eligibility

To get started with Volume Licensing, determine your health organization's business type. Microsoft offers:

  • Commercial licensing for privately run health organizations.

  • Government licensing for any government organization or institution that:

    • Provides health services and coverage.

    • Sets or decides healthcare policy across a nation, state, or country.

    • Provides funding for health services and coverage

    • Has a regulatory role in health services and coverage

  • Academic licensing for healthcare systems and research laboratories that are wholly owned and operated by a Qualified Educational User.

See definitions for government eligibility in different regions.

Buy or Renew

Ready to buy or renew a Volume License agreement? Depending on your location, take the next step outlined below:

Programs for Charitable Organizations

Eligible nonprofit organizations can acquire multiple software licenses—rather than multiple software packages—at reduced prices through Volume Licensing. Your organization needs to purchase only one complete software package and enough licenses to cover the remaining number of computers.

Open License for Charities
Easy to understand and administer, Open License for Charities is flexible enough to meet the needs of a broad range of organizations. After an initial order of five or more licenses, you can reorder as few as one license, so you order only what you need. Choose from a wide selection of licensed products and acquire them from any approved Volume Licensing reseller.

You receive license confirmation information electronically and can quickly and easily view your license purchase history, so there's never any question about which licenses you own. Your organization gets even more value, more manageability, and more assistance with optional Software Assurance.

Software Assurance
More than an upgrade, Software Assurance can help your organization get the most value from up-to-date technology by providing a powerful combination of productivity benefits, support, tools, and training. Software Assurance offerings available under Open License for Charities are the same benefits as those available under commercial Open License agreements.

For at-a-glance information on what Software Assurance might bring to your organization, see the Software Assurance Benefits Chart Software Assurance Benefits Chart.

Learn more about Software Assurance.

Eligibility

Only eligible charity organizations that meet certain requirements can purchase licenses through Open License for Charities. Follow this link to learn more:

Buy or Renew

Ready to buy or renew a Volume License agreement? Depending on your location, take the next step outlined below:

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