Volume Licensing Agreements

The VL reference manual provides a complete overview of the MS® license and will be updated if necessary. Once a customer is familiar with Microsoft® VL, they rely heavily on product listings and product usage rights (PUR). Both are regularly updated (usually monthly) and contain the necessary information on the availability and use of the product. Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) is a transaction licensing agreement for commercial, government and academic organizations with 250 or more users/devices. MPSA is most appropriate for organizations that wish to license Microsoft for software, cloud services or needs, without organizational-wide obligations or multi-year subscription options under a single agreement that does not expire. Software Assurance is optional. Since its inception, Microsoft has been interested in volume licensing, with the business sector being its main market. With the release of Windows XP in 2001, Microsoft introduced the activation of Microsoft Product , a DRM (Digital Rights Management) system to limit consumer software piracy by verifying the user`s product license application. However, at the time, volume-licensed versions of Windows XP were excluded from this measure.

(See . Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft has implemented two volume licensing methods for IT experts responsible for installing Windows in organizations that are both covered by Microsoft product activation: the first is the Multiple Activation Key (MAC) which is identical to Windows XP volume licensing keys, but which require product activation. The second key management server (SMS) and the corresponding keys. Hosts that are enabled via a KMS must connect to a software licensing server every 180 days. [4] [5] Licenses using these schemes can be obtained through the Microsoft Software Assurance program. Microsoft Open License, Microsoft Open Value and Microsoft Open Value Subscription are Microsoft volume licensing agreements for organizations with 5-499 users/devices that want to license local Microsoft software, cloud services or both. A large group of Microsoft customers are OEMs that assemble and sell computers such as desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. On devices sold by these OEMs, Windows license data is stored in the computer`s BIOS in an area called “ACPI_SLIC,” allowing KMS to detect the use of previous Microsoft products, even if the storage device is removed or removed.

[6] For Windows Vista and Windows 7, SLIC data is complementary; A volume license product key always comes with the device the user needs in the event of Windows reset. However, from Windows 8, everything that is needed for device authorization is stored with SLIC data. Open Value across the company and open value subscription are commitment-based agreements for business and government organizations that wish to license at the enterprise level over a period of one or two years. Software Assurance is included in the delivery. The mere fact that Microsoft® has so many products and sells them in virtually every country also contributes to the complexity of the program. As mentioned above, regional subsidiaries respond to local markets and economies.

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