This licensing program helps make it easy to deliver your business solutions to end users by allowing you to integrate Microsoft products into other applications and then distribute the Unified Solution to end users.

For more information, please see the program guide.
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The Microsoft ISV Royalty Licensing Program is a worldwide software licensing program that offers ISVs a convenient way to license Microsoft products and integrate them into a software business application.
This is a good option for:
  • Organizations that exclusively develop software or software solutions instead of being part of a computer system or being a hardware manufacturer. 
  • Organizations that obtain at least 30 percent of their overall revenue from the sales that solution. 

How ISV Royalty Licensing works

The ISV Royalty Licensing Program is a worldwide software licensing program for all solution partner segments. You acquire licenses for your Unified Solution through a Microsoft Authorized Independent Software Distributor (“distributor”).
You can choose a local distributor to offer dedicated local support to ISV product and service needs. Distributors are experts in Microsoft Licensing. Therefore, they are very useful in meeting reporting requirements and managing the licensing agreement, creating a one-stop shopping experience.
The program offers access to a wide range of Microsoft licensed products. Download the most recent ISV Royalty Product List to see the wide selection of Microsoft products available for the ISV Royalty Licensing Program (Note, the program does not currently include desktop operating systems, server operating systems, and online services). Download frequently asked questions about licensing Microsoft SQL Server through the ISV Royalty program (PDF, 256 KB).