Benefits

Deliver a customized service.

Flexibility to deliver tailored IT services to your customers through a dedicated or shared hosting environment. Increase the value of your services by managing software use rights for your customers.

Pay as you go with no up-front costs.

Pay only for licenses based on what you make available to provide services each month. There are no start-up costs, monthly sales requirements, or long-term commitments.

Access the most current product versions.

Give your customers the most current and capable Microsoft platform. Download your products at no charge through the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) instead of ordering physical media.

Try before you buy.

Test and evaluate products internally before offering them to your customers as a service.

Prior version rights.

Consistent with other Microsoft Volume Licensing programs, SPLA now includes rights to prior product versions. This supports a seamless transition for you to move to SPLA and a hosted business model.

Outsource data center services.

Install Microsoft products on servers under the day-to-day management and control of an outsourcing company. That company can then perform data center administration, testing, and maintenance support services on your behalf.

Install at customer facilities.

Install Microsoft products on devices you own or lease and that are located on your customer’s premises.

Expand your reach to academic institutions.

Expand your business with specific price offerings available to your academic customers through the SPLA.

Offer demonstrations and evaluations.

You can give up to 50 users product demos on Microsoft software and provide your customers with a free 60-day trial period.

Include your affiliates under a single agreement.

Support software services resellers. Expanded terms to allow software services resellers that are also users.

Simplified licensing with the Microsoft Business and Services Agreement (MBSA).

Once an MBSA is in place, you only need to sign a shorter and more simplified SPLA every three years. It also makes it easier to purchase Premier and Professional support.