Microsoft announced today that it would stop the sales of its Open License contracts as from January 1st, 2022. This contract had existed for more than 20 years. It allowed small businesses to acquire licenses without any commitment to standardise their computer park or to subscribe to Software Assurance and only required the purchase of 5 licenses, all software included, to be started.
Today, however, the Open License agreement is no longer the best way to buy software for SMBs. Indeed, those who want to purchase licenses with Software Assurance have long had an interest in opting for an Open Value or Open Value Enterprise contract. Those who aren’t interested in Software Assurance can order their licenses much more efficiently via the Microsoft Customer Agreement, through their Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider.