Microsoft has announced that it will no longer be offering the Open License program and will be transitioning customers to the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program with a target date of January 2021.
Customers with existing Open License agreements can continue to renew and purchase new software licenses, Software Assurance, and online services through the Open License program until 31st December 2021. As of 1st January 2022, customers won’t be able to buy new or renew software licenses or online services through the Microsoft Open License program. New license only purchases should be transacted through partners in the Cloud Solution Provider program.
It is worth noting that perpetual only licenses purchased via the CSP are likely to be difficult to resell in the second-hand license market later. This is due to the companies that specialise in the second-hand license market being unlikely to be granted access to the customer’s CSP to obtain appropriate documentation of the agreement details for a license transfer.
New perpetual-only licenses can still be purchased via the Open Value program if this would be preferable.
For customers that wish to renew their Software Assurance, this can be done via the Open Value program or for customers above 250 seats via the MPSA program.
Customers will continue to have full rights and access to all perpetual software licenses acquired through the Open License program.
To find out more about purchasing options after 1st January 1 2022 read here.
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