Posted: January 19, 2004
What is Software Licensing?
Software licensing defined
When you acquire a software license, you purchase the right to use the software based on the rules established by the owner of the copyright. The set of rules for software is the license.
Each software installation requires a license to go with it. If a company purchases a software product, the license agreement dictates how many PCs the application can be installed on. Microsoft offers different license agreements and options based on a customer's needs. These options include single licenses appropriate for a single installation to volume license programs which provide significant cost savings to customers who require many installations of the same program (for example, installing Microsoft Office on 300 PCs).
By learning about Microsoft licensing options, you can determine the best, most cost-efficient way to obtain software and the associated licenses for your or your customer's needs.
Why is software licensing necessary?
Licensing serves as valuable protection: protection for customers because they know they are getting genuine Microsoft software (including access to technical support and upgrades), and protection for the intellectual property of the software developers, writers, and graphic artists.