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Flexibility and Manageability

Select Plus is a cost-effective way to make transactional purchases and offers many additional benefits, including the ability to do the following:

  • Manage assets more easily with visibility across the entire organization and centralized reporting because all affiliate purchases are tied to their own unique customer IDs.

  • Get more value out of licensing with automatic price savings for purchases across the entire organization and the full value of Microsoft Software Assurance coverage, no matter when you purchase it.

  • Streamline the contract process with a single organization-wide agreement that never expires, Software Assurance alignment, and licensing consolidation.

Eligibility

Recommended for organizations with 250 or more desktop PCs.

In addition to commercial business, Microsoft offers Select programs for the following industries:

  • Government organizations

  • Health organizations

  • Educational institutions

Learn more about Volume Licensing programs for industries.

Review the following feature comparison to help you determine which Microsoft Volume Licensing program is right for your organization.

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Benefits

Open License

Open Value

Open Value Subscription

Minimum Number of Desktop PCs

any

5+

250+

Licensing Offerings Available

License

License, License and Software Assurance, and Software Assurance available for renewals or for eligible original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and full packaged product (FPP) purchases.

License & Software Assurance

License, License and Software Assurance, and Software Assurance available for renewals or for eligible original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and full packaged product (FPP) purchases.

License and Software Assurance and Software Assurance renewals.

License and Software Assurance and Software Assurance renewals.

Software Assurance

License, License and Software Assurance, and Software Assurance for renewals or eligible original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and full packaged product (FPP) purchases.

License and Software Assurance and Software Assurance renewals.

License and Software Assurance and Software Assurance renewals.

Pricing

Based on Product Pools

Open Volume option incorporates product pools and points to establish the entry minimum for price advantage levels. An additional price point is offered to commercial organizations that purchase 500 points or more in a single product pool.

Based on Employees

Based on Desktop PCs

Open License: Requires five licenses to enter the program. Open Volume: Each product offering (License, Software Assurance, and License and Software Assurance) is assigned specific point values to determine price levels. Points are calculated based on three product pools, with a minimum entry acquisition level of 500 points; 1 in each chosen pool.*

Minimum of five License and Software Assurance orders.

Minimum of five License and Software Assurance orders.

Based on License & Software Assurance

Open Business: Requires five licenses to enter the program. Open Volume: Each product offering (License, Software Assurance, and License and Software Assurance) is assigned specific point values to determine price levels. Points are calculated based on three product pools, with a minimum entry acquisition level of 500 points; 1 in each chosen pool.*

Minimum of five License and Software Assurance orders.

Minimum of five License and Software Assurance orders.

Agreement Term

No Expiration

1 Year

Government only one year option.

2 Years

Two years, not renewable.

3 Years

Three years, renewable.

Three years, renewable.

Payment Options

Up-front

Up-front or Annual. Office 365 available as up-front only.

Up-front payment for Office 365 only.

Monthly

Annually

Annual payments or up-front.

Annual payments or up-front.

How to Buy

Direct

Indirect

A broad reseller channel.

A broad reseller channel.

A broad reseller channel.

Product Fulfillment

Acquired Separately

Media must be acquired separately, from Microsoft Worldwide Fulfillment.

Provided

One copy of media is shipped free with initial order. Additional media and media for licensed products not in the initial order must be obtained separately at an additional cost.

One copy of media is shipped free with initial order. Additional media and media for licensed products not in the initial order must be obtained separately at an additional cost.

Software Assurance

Option to Add

Option to add Software Assurance at the time of acquiring the license.

Included

Software Assurance is included at the time of acquiring the software license and can be used immediately throughout the term of the license agreement.

Software Assurance is included at the time of acquiring the software license and can be used immediately throughout the term of the license agreement.

Online Services

Offered

Online Services offered.**

Online Services offered.**

Online Services offered.**

To buy or renew Microsoft Volume Licensing programs, contact your Microsoft partner or local reseller. Make sure to ask your partner or local reseller to review program agreement terms and conditions, pricing, and payment terms during the ordering process.

If you have a Select License agreement and want to move to Select Plus, view the Frequently Asked Questions (DOC, 60 KB) for more information.

United States and Canada

For more information about Microsoft Volume Licensing, or to order or renew software licenses, contact your preferred Microsoft Reseller.

  • In the United States, call (800) 426-9400, or find an authorized reseller.

  • In Canada, call the Microsoft Resource Centre at (877) 568-2495.

Worldwide

For information about Volume Licensing offerings available in your area, find the Microsoft Volume Licensing Web site for your country/region.

 

 

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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.

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