MS Open Licenses.

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I need to purchas a 5 user CAL for Terminal Server 2003 and I ran accross MS Open Licenses which seem to be cheaper than the regular options by a couple hundred dollars. I researched Open Licenses online and it seems they are legit, but when I asked the online seller they said the only difference was the Open Licenses get emailed to you and the regular ones come in the mail. This doesn't seem right. Why would the Open CALS be cheaper? Any ideas?
ASKED: May 31, 2006  12:35 PM
UPDATED: June 2, 2006  1:17 PM

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Open licenses have some qualifications you need to meet. It also has different levels of discount – the deeper the discount is, the harder to qualify.

Unlike retail licenses, you’ll have to register with Microsoft online to use Open licenses (to get the actual keys, for example) – that’s the “email” part I guess.

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  • DVanderWoude
    Strange, I was just reading an email from Microsoft that our EOpen licence was going to expire within 90 days when I saw this message by you. Anyway, we use Open Licenses (EOpen) and its handy IMO. When I need a key for Office, or Windows I can go to a Microsoft website and view all current licenses and keys. It lists quantity of licenses and whatnot, what kind of license (Commercial, Nonprophet, Charity, etc), and you can view the CDKey for each. Plus it seems that by this method, Windows doesnt require authorization. Now, I've only really used it for retrieving information (typically CD Keys). I wasnt involved at all in its purchase, so I've never really looked into the benefits and what it offers. I'm not sure how you go about getting the discounts through. So, from my usage, its a conveinient CDKey list accessable from anywhere with internet access.
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  • Snurd342
    We are in the process of buying some of these for Office2003/2007. Some of the products have some incentive programs right now. Good time to check with your M$ partner.
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