Buy the cheapest Microsoft software

An Alcom Computing guide to Licensing your software…

We are frequently asked if buying multiple copies of Microsoft software is cheaper than buying 1 copy.  Also what are the benefits of one software license type over another.  Here we have attempted to explain the Microsoft licensing scheme to allow you to make an informed choice…


OEM Licenses have the following feature set…

Microsoft Office Professional OEM: from £329



Retail packages are, as the name suggests, for sale in shops after you have received your computer.  For example you may want to upgrade your software or you may want to install a product that did not come with your computer.

Microsoft Office Professional RETAIL: from £429


Open Business

Open Business licensing is available to businesses, education establishments and government bodies.  Products purchased via the Open Business scheme are usually done via a reseller such as Alcom Computing and are managed via Microsofts Open Volume Licensing portal.  Product Keys, Installations and Media are all managed in the portal

Microsoft Office Professional Plus OPEN BUSINESS: from £449


Open Business WITH Software Assurance

In addition to the Open Business license businesses have the choice of purchasing a Software Assurance subscription.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus Open Business with


For larger organisations, there are other licensing options too and we would be happy to discuss those with you.  However, for the majority of home users and small businesses these are the most efficient licensing models available.  If you are unsure about your circumstances, please call us on 01494 784784.

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