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The Microsoft school agreement differs from the select agreement in that licences are non-perpetual. The software is licensed on an annual basis with the costs being calculated based on a yearly count of the number of computers in the school above a set specification. There is no need for a software assurance option as upgrade rights are included by default, allowing schools to run any version of the software they have licensed under the agreement. These licences are available from both authorised education resellers and education large account resellers.
This type of agreement can offer significant savings over select agreement licensing, particularly for larger schools. However, it has the disadvantage of being an ‘all or nothing’ scheme. As such, it is not cost effective to mix and match the school agreement with other Microsoft licensing schemes.
Whilst the school agreement is particularly suited to schools wishing to licence or upgrade all their Microsoft software in one go, there are a number of factors that will affect the cost of each licensing route. An authorised reseller or your local authority will be able to assist you in calculating the relative costs of the school agreement against the select agreement for your particular circumstances.
Further information about Microsoft school agreement licensing can be found on the Microsoft website.
If you currently purchase under Microsoft academic open licensing, to get the best pricing under the Department’s Microsoft agreement you should consider changing to either the select licensing or the school agreement licensing.
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