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|Understanding the Select Plus Licensing Program|
|Thursday, 16 February 2012|
With the older Select "classic" program being phased out, Select Plus is becoming the primary way medium and large organizations license Microsoft products on a targeted basis, at the time of their choosing, with or without Software Assurance (SA) coverage. Because this flexibility helps customers avoid unnecessary license purchases, Select Plus is commonly used to supplement, or as an alternative to, Enterprise Agreements (EAs). Current Select classic customers will eventually have to transition to Select Plus when their existing Select classic agreement(s) expire, but customers can transition earlier if they want.
This article focuses on the differences between the two Select programs and is designed to help customers evaluate the various options within the Select Plus program, as well as to most effectively configure and administrate Select Plus. It also provides guidance on timing and execution of purchases, including a series of best practices for minimizing administrative overhead and economizing expenditures.
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