What are the different Open License Programs, what are the differences, and who are they for? This is a relatively common set of questions I have seen over the years, and one that you have probably seen addressed in some fashion on the blog over the years in various different posts. Let me provide a quick overview of that the various programs are, who they are for, and some high-level differences below. Please note, the Microsoft Open Licensing Programs are designed for companies with between 2 – 250 PCs (with the exception of the Open License Volume Program which spans up to 750 PCs), so if your organization is larger than 250 PCs, you will should also consider the Microsoft Select and Enterprise Agreement licensing programs.
Open Licensing Programs:
A document that you may find helpful, in addition to the links I have provided above, is the Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide that you can download. Hopefully the quick overview above helps give a baseline understanding of the what the various Open License Programs available are and will work as a foundation for further Microsoft Open License Basics posts I will be putting up here on the Blog moving forward.
If you found this post helpful, you may want to view other posts in my Microsoft Open License Basics series.
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Why are they all called "Open"?
@ Rosewood - The naming of the program took place back in 1993 when the first "Microsoft Open License Program (MOLP)" was launched. Since then, the program has continued to evolve and new iterations, such as Open Value and Open Value Subscription, were introduced. I was not involved in the naming conversations back in 1992 when it was being developed, so I honestly do not know for sure how they determined the name of the program back then.