Microsoft Licensing Part II: Buying Programs

Author: Dave Norwood

I have been explaining the ins and outs of Microsoft licensing for many years.  It is time to put it down in ink.  This is part two of my two part blog.  Part one, published a few weeks ago, was all about Software Assurance.  Part two, below, explains the 5 “buying programs” that Microsoft offers.

Microsoft offers five buying programs.  They are OEM, Retail, Open, Select, and Enterprise.  All have different benefits and restrictions and can be useful.  You just have to pick the right one for your particular need. Continue reading

Microsoft Licensing Part I: Software Assurance

Author: Dave Norwood

I have been explaining the ins and outs of Microsoft licensing for many years.  It is time to put it down in ink.  This will be a two part blog.  Part one, below, will be Software Assurance.  Part two, which will be published in a few weeks, will explain the 5 “buying programs” that Microsoft offers.

Software Assurance (SA) is a subscription added to Microsoft licenses that offers additional benefits over just being licensed to use the software.  The benefit most people think of with SA is upgrade rights. Continue reading