What is the Microsoft Open License Program?

Microsoft Open licensing programs are a simple, cost-effective way for small and midsize organizations to acquire the latest Microsoft technology.


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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.

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.

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

For many of our Online Service products, the five license minimum initial purchase is waived.

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 options for commercial businesses, Microsoft also offers Open programs for the following industries:

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

Learn more about Licensing Options for Industries.

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

Green check mark = Benefits Available! Rollover for more detail.

Black check mark = Benefits Available! No additional detail.

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


Benefits Open License Open Value Open Value Subscription

Minimum Number of Desktop PCs

5+Green check markGreen check mark
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Software Assurance

Option to AddGreen check mark
IncludedGreen check mark
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Licensing Offerings Available

LicenseGreen check mark
License & Software AssuranceGreen check markGreen check mark
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Software AssuranceGreen check markGreen check mark
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Pricing

Based on Product PoolsGreen check mark
Based on Desktop PCsGreen check mark
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Agreement Term

1 Year
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2 YearsGreen check mark
3 YearsGreen check mark
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Payment Options

Up-frontBlack check markGreen check mark
AnnuallyGreen check mark
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How to Buy

Direct
IndirectGreen check markGreen check mark
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Online Services

OfferedGreen check markGreen check mark
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*Level C pricing is available to entities that meet the threshold for the discount.

**Learn how to acquire Microsoft Online Services.

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