By John Emmitt
This CRN article describes 6 things organizations should know about Microsoft's relatively new (first launched at the end of 2013) volume licensing program-- Microsoft Product and Services Agreement (MPSA). This program is for enterprise customers with more than 250 seats.
- MPSA lets customers buy cloud and on-premises software in one agreement-- it replaces Microsoft Business and Services Agreement (MBSA), Microsoft Select Plus Agreement, and Microsoft Online Services Agreement (MOSA).
- MPSA will save you time-- its only 8 pages long, compared to Select Plus which is 37 pages; the latter 37 pages include 23 pages for the MBSA and 7 pages each for the Select Plus and Online Services Agreements. (See the MPSA vs Select Plus Comparison Chart pdf doc for more information).
- MPSA is part of Microsoft's top-down effort to make licensing simpler-- sign one agreement instead of multiple contracts.
- MSPA is only sold through Licensing Solution Providers (LSPs, formerly called Large Account Resellers or LARs).
- Microsoft has launched a new licensing portal called the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center. According to the CRN article, the new portal is "already helping customers and partners with 65 percent faster agreement submission times...."
- MPSA offers volume discounts on both cloud and on-premises software products-- Select Plus only offers discounts on on-premises software.
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See also our blog on Microsoft Server and Cloud Enrollment; SCE was also launched at the end of 2013.