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.
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.
Watch the Open programs comparison video (WMV 3:30 minutes)
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.
Watch the Office 365 Open video (WMV 1:18 minutes)
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.
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 Licensing options for industries.
Review the following feature comparison to help you determine which Microsoft Volume Licensing program is right for your organization.
✔+ = Benefits available! Rollover for more detail.
✔ = Benefits available! No additional detail.
|Benefits||Open License||Open Value||Open Value Subscription|
|Required number of desktop PCs||5 or more||✔+||✔+||✔+|
|Software Assurance||Option to add||✔+|
|Licensing offerings available||License||✔+|
|License and Software Assurance||✔+||✔+||✔+|
|Pricing||Based on product pools||✔+|
|Based on desktop PCs||✔+||✔+|
|Agreement term||1 year||✔+|
|How to buy||Direct|
*Level C pricing is available to entities that meet the threshold for the discount.
**Learn how to acquire Microsoft Online Services.
Buy or renew
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 website for your country/region.
Did you know?
Your organization could qualify for Microsoft Financing.
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 website provides everything you need to know.