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Microsoft Open Programs

With a customizable platform and price advantages for volume purchasing, The Open programs provide a simple, cost effective way for small and midsize organizations to acquire the latest Microsoft technology.

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.


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 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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Open License

Open Value

Open Value Subscription

Minimum Number of Desktop PCs



Software Assurance

Option to Add


Licensing Offerings Available


License & Software Assurance

Software Assurance


Based on Product Pools

Based on Desktop PCs

Agreement Term

1 Year

2 Years

3 Years

Payment Options




How to Buy



Online Services


*Level C pricing is available to entities that meet the threshold for the discount.

**Learn how to acquire Microsoft Online Services.

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.

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.


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.