Full Packaged Product (FPP) Software
Best for customers needing fewer than five licenses FPP refers to the shrink-wrapped boxes of licensed product that can be purchased in a local retail store or any local software retailer. For customers with five or more PCs, migrating to a volume licensing solution will most likely save them time and money.
Microsoft Open Licence is a volume discount agreement for organisations with as little as two desktop PCs. It is perpetual: the licences are bought outright and paid for upfront, but it is possible to add to the number of licences after the initial purchase. Academic organisations receive additional discounts.
Open Licence customers receive a volume discount. The level of discount depends on the volume bought at the start of the agreement. This discount then applies to additional licences bought during the following two years. The minimum initial order is five licences.
Do I qualify for an Open Licence?
With a purchase of a minimum of five Microsoft licences, you qualify for Open Licence. For example, if you have two desktop PCs, you can qualify for Open Licence by purchasing two licences of Microsoft Office XP, two licences of Project 2002, and a single licence of Windows XP Pro upgrade.
How Does It Work
An Open Licence is a perpetual licence (i.e. everlasting) and the whole payment is made upfront. However, with the initial order you enter into an Open Licence agreement which lasts two years. All this means is that you are entitled to purchase additional licences under this agreement at the Open Licence discounted price.
Microsoft Open Value is a volume discount agreement for organisations with between two and more than five hundred desktop PCs. It is perpetual: the licences are bought outright with Software Insurance built in as standard and payments are spread over 3 years.
Open Value customers receive a volume discount. The level of discount depends on the volume bought at the start of the agreement. This discount then applies to additional licences bought during the following three years. The minimum initial order is five licences.
Do I qualify for Open Value?
To start an Open Value agreement, you can choose a minimum of five licences of any mix of products. The cost of your product licences are then split equally over three years. You pay a fixed price dependant upon the number of licences.
At the end of three years, you can choose:
- To renew for a further three years, and continue qualifying for upgrades to your software for the extended period
- Not to renew, in which case your licence allows you to carry on using the version that was current under your original Open Value agreement.