Remember, OEM Office Pro is not the same as Office Pro + in Volume License, so your SA attach is different

Awhile back I posted about how to add Software Assurance to OEM Office licenses: Adding Software Assurance to your OEM Office licenses. What you need to know…  Recently I received a follow-up question to that post regarding what happens if your client purchases OEM Office Professional and wants to add Software Assurance.

Remember that in Volume Licensing there is Office Professional +, not Office Professional. Office Professional + includes many more rights and includes additional products that are not included in Office Professional. For instance, Microsoft Office Professional + includes everything that is in Office Professional and then adds: InfoPath 2007, Office Communicator 2007, Integrated Electronic Forms, Advanced Information Rights Management and Policy Capabilities, as well as Integrated Enterprise Content Management.

So what difference does this make for OEM Office Professional customers? First, there is no Office Professional Software Assurance SKU even available to add to an OEM Office license. There is an Office Professional + Software Assurance SKU; however, they don’t own Office Professional + to add Software Assurance to, they own Office Professional (which is a different version). So what Software Assurance can they add to OEM Office Professional?

If you look on page 33 of the Microsoft Product List, it calls this out:

“Customers who acquire Microsoft Office Professional 2007 from an OEM may acquire Software Assurance for Microsoft Office Standard or Microsoft Office Small Business in the Open License programs, Select program, and non Company-wide under Open Value within 90 days from the date of OEM purchase.”

Just something to keep in mind when talking with your clients about whether they should be purchasing their Microsoft software via OEM or Volume Licensing as a business.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman

Microsoft US Senior Manager

Small Business Community Engagement

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