After 20 years, Microsoft is scrapping its Open Licence programme.
Under the programme, customers – typically small and mid-sized businesses, government and educational institutions – would conclude open agreements on the basis of which they would acquire services and licences (usually perpetual ones). That programme will end on 31 December 2021.
From the beginning of the next year, it will no longer be possible to renew licences or purchase new ones under Open Licence agreements. The void space is being filled in by the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) model, which has been around for some time now, and has evolved into the leading Microsoft software purchasing programme for small and mid-sized organisations (up to 500 users).
Monthly or annual subscriptions for all Microsoft 365, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 licences can be acquired under the Cloud Solution Provider programme. Gradually, perpetual software licences (intended for local installation only) are being moved to the CSP programme, too – for example the popular Office Standard 2019 software. 1 and 3-year licences are available in the CSP programme as well.
Can we help you with any questions about the CSP programme? Do you have licensing needs?
We will be able help you through this change.
Being an authorised Microsoft software reseller transacting in the CSP model, we can quickly and efficiently supply you with licences following a straight and transparent order fulfilment path.