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Open Value (OLV) Non-Companywide

Microsoft Open Value Non-Companywide is the simplest of the three Open Value options. The other two, ‘Companywide’ and ‘Subscription’ (see later entries), require an enterprise-wide commitment to certain products and a minimum of five desktops to qualify for the scheme. The Non-Companywide scheme is for organisations who do not want to commit enterprise-wide to any one or more products. The scheme includes Software Assurance as standard (there is no Licence-only option) and has an initial entry requirement of five products (licences with Software Assurance and/or a Software Assurance renewal) of any mix.

Having met the initial entry requirements, the scheme runs for three years during which further products can be added to the scheme, one or more at a time, as required. Payment can be spread over the three year term or paid up front. Although the scheme expires, once all payments have been made, the licences purchased are perpetual at the version last released under the Software Assurance cover and may be used indefinitely. This scheme does not apply to Academic Institutions but there is a single advantageous GOVT (Government) pricing band for eligible entities. Further details on eligibility and providing formal evidence are identified under the 'Public Sector' section.

Open Value Licensing may be sold to the UK and qualifying EU and EFTA countries only (except for Public Sector options which are only available to the UK). Clients in other regions must acquire licences in those regions.

Open Value (OLV) Companywide

Microsoft Open Value Companywide offers additional cost savings over Open Value Non-Companywide pricing, and is a program for small to midsize companies (and eligible UK Government bodies) who want to standardise on key Microsoft products across the organisation. The scheme gives simplified licence management and better control of licensed product costs. The Companywide scheme is for businesses with a minimum of five desktops where the customer commits enterprise-wide to one or more of a set of key Qualifying desktop products. The scheme includes Software Assurance as standard (there is no Licence-only option) and has the New Version rights and other benefits associated with that.

Having met the qualifying entry requirements, there is a large range of additional products that can be licensed without the enterprise-wide obligation. The scheme runs for three years during which period further products can be added to the scheme one or more at a time. Although the scheme expires, once all payments have been made the licences purchased are perpetual at the version last released under the software assurance cover and may be used indefinitely.

This scheme does not apply to Academic Institutions but there is a single advantageous Level D GOVT (Government) pricing band for eligible entities which applies to Qualifying and Additional products. Further details on eligibility and providing formal evidence are identified under the 'Public Sector' section.

Open Value Licensing may be sold only to the UK and qualifying EU and EFTA countries only (except for the Public Sector options which are only available to the UK). Clients in other regions must acquire licences in those regions.

Open Value Subscription (OVS)

Microsoft Open Value Subscription is similar to Open Value Companywide as a program for small to midsize companies (and eligible UK Government bodies) who want to standardise on key Microsoft products across the organisation, but who want the lower cost of ‘renting’ the software - the licences are not perpetual. The scheme gives simplified licence management and better control of licensed product costs. The Subscription scheme is for businesses with a minimum of five desktops where the customer commits all desktops, enterprise-wide, to one or more of a set of key Qualifying desktop products. There is also a large range of Additional products that can be licensed but these can be taken in any quantity with no enterprise-wide obligation. The scheme includes Software Assurance as standard (there is no Licence-only option) and has the New Version rights and other benefits associated with that while the scheme is active. Having met the initial entry requirements, the scheme runs for three years during which period further products can be added to the scheme.

For Qualifying products payments are made on a per year basis and the customer reports the number of desktops in the enterprise at the end of each year (up or down, subject to not going below the minimum of five) and makes the anniversary payment for the subsequent year until the scheme expires. All benefits cease when the scheme expires - there are no perpetual licence rights. However, the customer will have the option to progress a ‘Buy-out’ of the licences, renew the scheme for one or three years, switch to a different scheme, or stop using the products altogether.

Additional products must be paid for as they are taken, also on a per year payment basis. There is no free-use period, and the full year is paid if you add during a year. Additional products also must be reported each anniversary, but the quantity does not have to be enterprise-wide and they can be taken, increased or dropped each year as required, though if dropped no licence entitlement remains.

There is a single advantageous Level D GOVT (Government) pricing band for eligible entities, and this applies to Qualifying and Additional products. The minimum qualification is five desktops - there is no higher quantity band. Further details on eligibility and providing formal evidence are identified at the end of this document under the 'Public Sector' section.

Open Value Licensing may be sold to the UK and qualifying EU and EFTA countries only. (Clients in other regions must acquire licences in those regions.)

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