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    Licensing (Office XP)

    I have received conflicting advice on software assurance. The Microsoft reseller said that an office XP licence will allow me to buy software assurance in 1 to 2 years because XP will still be current.
    The Microsoft licensing website says unless I buy software assurance before July 31st I will have to buy licences all over again when I want to upgrade in the future. Who do I believe?

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    Re: Licensing (Office XP)

    is the reseller the local MS office or just some reseller?

    in any event, get it in writing. You may be able to use it to get a reduced fee if the reseller is wrong.

    These links are aimed at educationing resellers...
    http://www.microsoft.com/partner/lic...openlicensing/
    http://www.microsoft.com/partner/Licensing...reassurance.asp
    the first url has a tool you can use that might help - both pages have additional links that may help.

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    Re: Licensing (Office XP)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by jscher2000 on 21-Jun-02 16:54.</P>This post was wrong. Please ignore it!

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    Re: Licensing (Office XP)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by jscher2000 on 21-Jun-02 17:29.</P><font color=red>In Licensing 6.0, Software Assurance must be first acquired as part of the license acquisition through License & Software Assurance (L&SA) (exceptions may apply for certain products licensed through the OEM and retail channels; see note that follows). However, in order to ease the transition into the new Software Assurance plan during the Licensing 6.0 Launch Transition Period (through July 31, 2002), it is possible to purchase Software Assurance separately subsequent to the purchase of the underlying license

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    Re: Licensing (Office XP)

    I went to one of the Microsoft Licensing Seminars and have spoken to vendors galore. I'm still confused. But, in plain english, if you don't buy the UA/SA now, you can't do it after July 31, 2002 without purchasing a brand spanking new, full license. That much is very clear.
    I'm hoping after August 1, 2002 it becomes easier.

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    Re: Licensing (Office XP)

    The confusing part is that the licensing seems to imply that only multi-copy licenses are eligible, not retail licenses. I'm not sure what those of us who buy retail versions and upgrades are supposed to do. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
    Charlotte

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    Re: Licensing (Office XP)

    It is mainly for MOLP (Microsoft Open License Program) licensing. However, for this period, they are allowing OEM OS and Applications to be added. If a box product was used to upgrade an OEM product, it can be added. I believe, though I'm not 100% sure, you can also add it to Box product, but only until July 31, 2002. That's the confusing part right now. What is allowed now and what is allowed on August 1, are so different. I've spent hours on the phone with my licensing 'gurus' and went through the Microsoft seminar. I'm still asking questions.
    Let's all hope what we're being told is the right stuff, so we can get our licensing straight once and for all!

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    Re: Licensing (Office XP)

    Is there any listing of the release dates of the different versions of Microsoft software? In the past we had maintenance and upgrade advantage agreements that we let expire and I want to be able to tell what versions we walked away with. I'm trying to beat the deadline of the 19th too, so any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Licensing (Office XP)

    I don't know if it shows release dates, but if you go to http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/r...es/default.asp, there is a heading called Microsoft Product List. There's a document there you can download, which lists the current version of the software. I haven't been through the whole thing, but it may have the information you need.
    Also, if your licensing is MOLP, go to http://www.microsoft.com/licensing and click on the emolp link on the right side. You can log in and see what your licensing is. I believe it lists what version you have as well, including if it was upgraded by Upgrade Advantage, etc.
    Isn't licensing fun? (I have such a headache from all this!)

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    Re: Licensing (Office XP)

    Sadly, it doesn't have any dates. It certainly seems like Microsoft is trying to make it hard to figure out what you're legal with! I guess they want us all to sign Enterprise agreements.

    MOLP only lists the expiration date of the Upgrade Advantage agreement, not what was current when it expired.

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