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  • Microsoft Open Licensing

     Big Business Tools At An Entry Level Price

    Microsoft Open License is an entry-level volume licensing program for small to mid-sized companies with between 2 to 250 personal computers (although it can accommodate companies with up to 750 computers). Microsoft's latest service offering allows corporate, charitable, academic, or governmental organizations to obtain volume license schemes for Microsoft products. Microsoft Open Licensing is generally a better value when compared to traditional licensing methods (i.e. - retail, or individual license purchases). Open License provides a simple, yet flexible and cost-effective approach to buying the latest Microsoft technology, maintaining said technology, and standardizing licensing methods to meet your company’s needs and budget.

    The Microsoft Open Licensing Model Is Designed To Simplify

    • Open Value – Specifically designed to offer you simplified license management, lower software management costs, and greater control over your IT investment. This option includes Software Assurance, an improved maintenance program from Microsoft which provides you access to added benefits such as training, software upgrades, deployment planning, and product support. The Open Value program has 3 options: company-wide, non-company-wide and subscription; each designed to meet diverse business needs and applications.
    • Open Value is designed for companies that want to boost their up-front order or purchase amount in one-or-more product pools to take advantage of group s. These options use a system of product pools as well as product points to set up purchase minimums for discounted prices.
    • Open Business – Ideal for organizations looking to pay for Microsoft Software Licenses as they add resources. This program gives your company the flexibility to grow as your business licensing needs increase.

    Does Your Business Qualify?

    To qualify, the initial purchase is to be no less than five licenses (of any product combination); there are some exceptions whereby a single product qualifies (for instance SQL Core licenses and Visual Studio with an MSDN Subscription).

    MicrosoftOffice365OpenLicenseIf your business has met the initial eligibility requirements, the program will run for two consecutive years (further licenses can be added to this plan a-la-carte as desired). This offer does expire, albeit the licenses bought are perpetual and may be used repeatedly. Licenses include all commercially-available Microsoft software products; Check out the Microsoft Open License page and learn more!


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    If you’re still using Windows Server 2003, you probably know that support for it is being totally phased out next year, and that the time to upgrade is coming up very soon. Although your Windows 2003 server will still operate after the support end date, the real problem comes shortly after when security updates are no longer released and PCI compliance is compromised. Continue reading


  • How to Use a Microsoft Office Product Key Card and Save Money

    If you plan on saing money on a copy of Microsoft Office online, you’ll need a product key card to get it activated. Often times, downloads and disc copies of Microsoft Office only include the software itself, but not the license to use it. To get the most out of your software download, you’ll need to not only purchase a key card, but first identify which edition and version of Microsoft you need. Luckily, using a Microsoft Office key card is easy – and by following these steps you can save money on your next purchase versus buying a boxed copy of Microsoft Office in stores. Continue reading