Microsoft Office 2010 – Open Volume prices

Microsoft Open Volume scheme is for organizations to buy software licences in bulk for their computers.

Because you are buying licenses to use software with no physical media and in quantity, the prices are lower than retail. However Microsoft software licencing uses different bundles to the retail offerings. There’s no ‘Home and Business’ bundle in the volume price list, instead there’s a Standard edition and Professional Plus (with all the Office apps). These bundles may have more programs than are needed, so it is worth buying individual Office programs (Word, Excel etc) instead.

One benefit of volume licencing with Software Assurance is the Home Use program. In effect each copy of Microsoft Office you buy via volume licensing includes a separate license for your staff to use Office at home.

Volume licensing is complicated, possibly deliberately so to make comparisons more difficult. It is best to check around for information and definitely shop around for the best price. Don’t rely on a single supplier – shop around. As with retail packages of Microsoft Office, you get the same software so you may as well try for the best price.

These are the ‘Estimated Retail Prices’ for some Office 2010 products – you should pay no more than this and gives you a guide to how good a volume licensing offer really is.

All Office 2010 bundles …

Name

Type

Licenses 

Price 

Price per license

SKU

Standard edition

Standard

2

$365

$182.50

021-09705

Standard edition 

License/Software Assurance Pack

$577 

$144.25

021-05426 

Professional Plus 

Standard

$498 

$249

79P-03547 

Professional Plus 

License/Software Assurance Pack

$787 

$196.75

269-05499 

 

Office 2010 Standard edition is only available on volume licencing and contains Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010 and Publisher 2010.

Office 2010 Professional Plus edition is only available on volume licencing and contains Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, Publisher 2010, Access 2010, InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint Workspace 2010.

SKU – is the Microsoft product code. There are hundreds of licence products and it can get confusing, use the SKU to ensure you are comparing ‘like with like’ products.

The Product Type can be either ‘Standard’ which is a straight perpetual software licence or the more ‘License / Software Assurance’ option.

All these prices are at ‘Volume Level C’ for more than 6,000 desktop machines. In US dollars

May 12, 2010   Posted in: Office 2010