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|Licensing Office 2010 Suites|
|Monday, 09 January 2012|
This report summarizes Office suite licensing for organizations buying through Microsoft Volume Licensing programs. The report is designed to help organizations understand the licensing rules and the most important factors in licensing decisions. The appendix to the report summarizes subscription-based licensing for the Office Professional Plus suite offered via Microsoft's Office 365 offerings.
Microsoft Office presents some of the most important licensing and purchasing decisions for organizations. Office is a line of PC application suites aimed at business users. Office makes up a major part of the software license budget in many organizations, so organizations have to weigh their purchase options carefully to minimize license costs while respecting budgeting and financing constraints. Office also presents some of the most difficult problems for license compliance, particularly when deployed to large numbers of users, so organizations must carefully weigh compliance requirements against license costs.
The Office Challenge
With Office 2010, the latest version, Office suites include combinations of the following applications:
Many other Microsoft products formerly carried the Office brand, but they are not included in Office suites.
Office suites normally follow Microsoft's Desktop Applications licensing model. The general principle of the model is easy to state: Any device on which a user employs an Office suite requires a license for the suite. However, complying with this principle becomes tricky when an organization is deploying the Office software to large numbers of computers, and even more so when employees use Office from devices such as tablets that do not have Office installed. An organization can simplify compliance upfront by choosing the right types of Office licenses and licensing programs.
However, compliance is not the only consideration. Organizations can choose between two Office suites—Office Standard and Office Professional Plus—that differ significantly in costs and capabilities. Office licenses can be purchased in several programs that vary in the licenses, discounts, and financing they offer and in the minimum commitments they require. Making the right choice requires understanding what the organization needs from Office, finding purchase programs that deliver the licenses for those needs, and striking the right balance between financial considerations and compliance risk.
This report focuses on Office suite licensing in Microsoft Volume Licensing programs. The report will help organizations understand licensing rules and programs for Office suites and how to approach the most important Office licensing and purchase decisions.
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