When you buy software licenses, you enter into a contract with Microsoft – a legally binding agreement. This agreement lists the general terms and conditions applicable to both parties. The Open License Agreement indicates, translated into spoken English, what follows the text of EPICS` open software licensing agreement, which now applies to EPICS Base and many unbundled EPICS extensions and support modules. Do you have any questions about Microsoft or other volume or software licensing agreements? Ask the experts. We are happy to support you with “The Power of Knowledge.” This right is not included in the Open License Agreement. All Microsoft agreements are legally comprehensive, that is, all your rights are described. In other words, what is not included is not allowed. In other words, you cannot transfer your right to use the software to third parties (by rent, sale or loan). But this becomes difficult because Microsoft defines the “customer” as: the customer indicates the entity that entered into the agreement or its related companies. This suddenly makes the earlier “non-transferable” provision much less clear.

As Microsoft defines an “affiliate” in the same open license agreement as follows (summary): a corporation owned by a party, owns a party or co-owns a party within a defined region… It is expressly stated that the property must be 50.1% or more. There are three main categories of licensing types: Open License, Open Value and Enterprise Agreement. There seems to be confusion, but we can settle this matter once and for all. The purchase of licenses for use by another entity is called a “sublicensing.” The right to do so is defined among other things in the open value and open value subscription contract: the customer may sublicens its licenses for products to all related companies in the defined region of the customer, but Affiliates cannot sublicensing these rights and their use must be in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. Microsoft Open License is the easiest license purchase in which you buy the license in advance and you own it forever. Insurance software can be added, but it is optional. The open license is ideal if you have the money to spend on a license, and buy a smaller amount of licenses.

Pricing depends on the organization you`re with. The different price levels for organizations include: The Microsoft Open Value license is similar to the Open License, where you pay for the software and own it entirely after purchase. However, with the open value, the cost of the license is divided into three annual payments and you have the license thereafter. Software Assurance is included in the delivery. Unlike open License, open value prices do not depend on the type of organization. We come back to that. You have an open licensing agreement with Microsoft with a company and want to use the licenses with various other subsidiaries or companies. This is not permissible. It would be a sublicensing and the right to do so is not included in your agreement. For example, open licenses include the GNU General Public License (GPL), GNU Lesser GPL (LGPL), BSD license, Apache license or MIT license.