image Here is another announcement from Microsoft that is new for 2010.  Microsoft has released a new licensing offer through our Microsoft Open License, Select License, and Select Plus Volume Licensing agreements called, “Rental Rights” for Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows software.  Rental Rights licenses from Microsoft provide an easy way for organizations to rent, lease, or outsource PCs to third parties with licensed, qualifying Windows operating system or Microsoft Office 2007 system software.  Microsoft introduced Rental Rights licenses because Windows and Microsoft Office licenses acquired through Microsoft Volume Licensing, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers (MARs), or at retail as Full-Packaged Product (FPP), do not permit renting, leasing, or outsourcing the software to a third party.

Rental Rights licenses are one-time licenses that are valid for the term of the underlying software agreement or the life of the PC.  These rental rights are available as an additive license to Microsoft Open License, Select License, and Select Plus Volume Licensing agreements for the following Microsoft programs:

  • Rental Rights for Windows 7 Professional
  • Rental Rights for Windows Vista Business
  • Rental Rights for Windows XP Professional
  • Rental Rights for Microsoft Office Professional Plus
  • Rental Rights for Microsoft Office Standard 2007

Here are the three simple steps to rent, lease, or outsource PCs with Microsoft Windows:

  1. Acquire PCs with Windows licenses from an OEM, reseller, MAR, PC retailer as a FPP, or through the Get Genuine Windows program.
  2. Acquire a one-time Rental Rights for a Windows license for every PC to be rented, leased, or outsourced with licensed, qualifying Windows software.
  3. Rent, lease, or outsource PCs with Windows software with no ongoing payments or reporting for the term of the underlying software agreement or the life of the PCs.
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Here are the three simple steps to rent, lease, or outsource PCs with Microsoft Office:

    1. Acquire PCs with Windows licenses from an OEM, reseller, MAR, PC retailer as a FPP, or through Microsoft’s Get Genuine program.

    2. Acquire an Open License, Select License or Select Plus Agreement for every PC to run Genuine Microsoft Office.

    3. Acquire a one-time Rental Rights for Windows license and a one-time Rental Rights for Office license for every PC to be rented, leased, or outsourced with licensed, qualifying software.

    4. Rent, lease, or outsource PCs with Rental Rights for Windows and Rental Rights for Microsoft Office with no ongoing payments or reporting for the term of the underlying software agreement or the life of the PCs.

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NOTE: Rental Rights licenses address scenarios in which organizations rent, lease, or outsource PCs to third parties. The following are some examples of scenarios that are in the scope and out of the scope of the Rental Rights licenses.

In Scope Out of Scope
  • Office equipment leasing companies
  • Business service centers (for example, copy/print stores)
  • Internet cafés
  • Hotel and airport kiosks
  • Government tendered shared access
  • License Microsoft products via a hosted solution (Services Provider License Agreement [SPLA])
  • Libraries
  • Academic institutions
  • Internal use (shared PCs)
  • Traditional financing (for example, rent-to-own programs)

Here are some links to additional information on the new Rental Rights licensing option:

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