Open volume licensing program comparison table for small businesses

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The following table compares the features that are offered by the Open Value, Open Value Subscription, and Open License volume licensing programs for small businesses.

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Open LicenseOpen ValueOpen Value Subscription
Agreement termTwo-year agreement term with perpetual licenses.

You can open a new agreement at any time.
Three-year agreement term.

After the initial term, you own perpetual licenses and have the option to extend Software Assurance coverage.
Three-year agreement, non- perpetual agreement term.

One-year option for government customers.

You can “buy out” perpetual licenses when the agreement term ends.

You can make an incremental license purchase at any time during the agreement term.
Initial purchaseFive licenses or one server processor license. Software Assurance can be added for an additional cost.

You can add licenses at any time.
Five licenses with Software Assurance.

Organization-Wide option: All desktop PCs must be standardized on at least one platform product.
Five licenses with Software Assurance.

All desktop PCs must be standardized on at least one platform product.

You can adjust the number of licenses annually as needed.

Any number of additional products can be included with the desktop PC license order.
Single agreement for multiple entitiesYes (see note 1)Yes (see note 1)Yes (see note 1)
Install before you orderNoYesYes (see note 4)
PaymentPay for licensed products as you need them. Pay when you place the order.

Open License is ordered through authorized distributors.
Pay in three annual payments, or pay in full when you order.

Open Value is ordered through authorized distributors.
Pay in three annual payments. Does not apply to the one-year government option.

Open Value is ordered through authorized distributors.
Spread paymentsNoOptionalYes (see note 3)
Price ProtectionNoYes (see note 2)Yes (see note 2)
Software AssuranceOptionalIncludedIncluded
Media includedNo; order separately for a fee. 

By default, software is downloaded online through VLSC at no extra charge.
Yes, with initial order of each product.

By default, software is downloaded online through VLSC at no extra charge.

You can request physical media at no
extra charge.
Yes, with initial order of each product.

By default, software is downloaded online through VLSC at no
extra charge.

You can request physical media at no
extra charge.
ReorderingYes, for two years after the initial agreement.Yes, for three years after the initial agreement. Yes, for three years after the initial agreement. Does not apply to one-year government option.

Notes
1 Limited to affiliates within the same defined region. For more information, see http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/licensing-options/open-regional.aspx.

2 Price Protection is provided for subsequent payments. Open Value Organization-Wide also provides price protection for subsequent orders for Organization-Wide products. Price Protection applies to list prices, not to promotional prices. Open Value Subscription provides Price Protection for all previously ordered products.

3 Only  annual spread payments are offered by Open Value Subscription.

4 Product is available for trial, but ordering is required at the time of production use.

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Article ID: 2771350 - Last Review: October 17, 2012 - Revision: 2.0
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