Microsoft Volume Licensing is a service provides by Microsoft for organizations that require multiple licenses, but not the software media, packaging and documentation supplied with the full packaged product (FPP). Microsoft Volume Licensing is the most cost-effective, flexible, and manageable way to acquire Microsoft software and cloud services. Microsoft offers several Volume Licensing programs, each tailored to the needs of different sizes of businesses and types of organizations. To find the right program for your organization, you’ll first need to determine the type and size of your organization, the software that you want to license, and how you will use it.
The advantages of Microsoft Volume Licensing include lower price per installation, two or three year license agreements and product use rights. An example of product use rights is copying the software for simultaneous use on multiple computers and devices. Starting with Microsoft Vista and later Windows OSs, VLKs were replaced with multiple activation keys or key management server keys.
Simply stated, volume licensing of software makes it easier and more affordable to run software on multiple computers within an organization. By acquiring software licenses through Microsoft Volume Licensing programs, you only pay for the software license. Boxed software, on the other hand, includes media (the CD-ROM or DVD), a user’s guide and other packaging items. Eliminating these physical costs and purchasing in volume often reduces cost and provides more customized purchasing options and improved software management.
In software licensing, a volume license key (VLK) denotes the product key used when installing software licensed in bulk, which allows a single product key to be used for multiple installations. This form of licensing typically applies for business, government and educational institutions, with prices for volume licensing varying depending on the type, quantity and applicable subscription term. For example, Microsoft software available through volume-licensing programs includes Windows Vista, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Office 2007 and many others.