LICENSING OVERVIEW.

Microsoft licensing agreements comparison for commercial and government.

Microsoft offers commitment-based and transactional options for organizations that want to purchase Microsoft cloud services, on-premises software, and/or Software Assurance through Microsoft-assisted, partner value-added, or self-service web options.

 

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Microsoft Enterprise Agreements

 

Microsoft Enterprise Agreements are commitment-based Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements for commercial organizations signing a new enrollment with 500 or more users/devices and government organizations with 250 or more users/devices that want to license Microsoft cloud services and/or on-premises software organization-wide, over a three-year period, and at the best available pricing. Software Assurance is included.

 

Microsoft Product- and Services-Agreement

 

The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) is a transactional Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement for commercial and government organizations with 250 or more users/devices that want to license Microsoft cloud services and/or on-premises software as needed—with no organization-wide commitment under a single, non-expiring agreement. Software Assurance is optional.

 

 

 

Microsoft Open-
Agreements

 

Microsoft Open License, Microsoft Open Value, and Microsoft Open Value Subscription are Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements for organizations with 5 to 499 users/devices that want to license Microsoft cloud services and/or on-premises software. Software Assurance is included.

 

Microsoft Cloud Agreement (MCA)

 

The Microsoft Cloud Agreement is a transactional licensing agreement for commercial, government, and academic organizations with one or more users/devices seeking to fully outsource management of their cloud services through a Cloud Solution Provider (CSP). On-premises software and Software Assurance are not available through the Microsoft Cloud Agreement.

 

Microsoft commercial and government licensing agreements comparison.

 

 
Microsoft Enterprise Agreements
Microsoft Products und Services Agreement (MPSA)
Microsoft Open-Agreement
Microsoft Cloud Agreement (via CSP)
Offerings

Commitment-based cloud services and on-premises software

Transactional cloud services and on-premises software

Transactional (Open License and Open Value non-organization-wide) or commitment-based (Open Value agreements) cloud services and on-premises software

Transactional cloud services only

Agreement term

Three years

Non-expiring

Two years (Open License), three years (Open Value agreements), or one year (Open Value government agreements only)

One year (auto-renew)

Purchase coverage

Organization-wide

As needed

As needed (Open License and Open Value non-organization-wide) or organization-wide (Open Value agreements)

As needed

Purchase term

Three years for initial purchase, co-terminus for additional purchases

One year or shorter for select cloud services

Two years (Open License), three years (Open Value agreements), or one year (cloud services and Open Value government agreements)

One year

Purchase term expiration

Enrollment expiration

Third account anniversary for Software Assurance; next account anniversary or multiyear for cloud services

Authorization expiration (Open License), agreement expiration (Open Value agreements), or subscription term expiration (one year for cloud services)

Abonnementende (ein Jahr oder monatlich)

Minimum commitment

250 (for government) or 500 (for commercial) qualified devices/users per pool

500 points per product pool or 250 cloud services users by pool (per year)

Five licenses or Licenses and Software Assurance (L&SA), one user subscription license (USL), or use of Azure pay-as-you-go

One USL or use of Azure pay-as-you-go

Target organization size

500 or more users (250 or more users for government)

250 or more users

5 to 499 users for on-premises software; one or more users for cloud services (up to 300 USLs for Office 365 Business editions)

One or more users

Sales model

Microsoft direct or partner indirect (based on geo and sector)

Partner indirect

Partner indirect

Partner indirect

Ordering

In the month of first use for the initial product order; annually for subsequent orders (per enrollment)

As needed (per purchasing account)

As needed (Open License and Open Value non-organization-wide per agreement) or in the month of first use for the initial product order and annually for subsequent orders (Open Value agreements per agreement)

As needed (per CSP)

On-premises software license

 

Non-perpetual license for on-premises software

(Enterprise Subscription Agreement)

 

(Open Value Subscription)

 
Cloud services user subscription license (USL)

Provisioning of cloud services prior to order

 

 

Software Assurance


(enthalten)


(optional)


(optional für Open License; enthalten bei Open Value Agreements)

 

Price list

Commercial und Government

Commercial, Government und Academic

Commercial und Government plus Academic sowie gemeinnützige Organisationen für Open License

Commercial und Government

Price level determination

Based on user and device license quantity by pool or qualifying contract for commercial; single price level for government

Based on points by pool or qualifying contract for commercial; single price level for public sector

Based on product pools (commercial Open License) or device quantity (commercial Open Value agreements); single price level for public sector

No price level (price set by CSP)

Price protection

All products and services included in the agreement

One-year subscription for cloud services

Select products (Open Value agreements, organization-wide)

Cloud services subscription length in one-year increments

Upfront payments


(one to three years)


(one to three years)


(Open License one to two years; Open Value one to three years)


(monthly)

Annual (spread) payments


(Open Value Agreements)

 

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