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Consider allowing unique Office 2010 rights to SBSv7 | Microsoft Connect:
Okay so here's the proposal. Please note Eric Ligman will probably have a heart attack and Attorneys will have nervous breakdowns.
You buy SBS v7 on volume license. This gets you into the VL purchasing scheme. You then buy ONE copy of Office 2010 VL. This gives you the Office web apps key code/ability to install Office 2010 on top of SharePoint foundation that will give you the ability to have a web based Office wrapped inside of SharePoint.
At the present time, the only way you are allowed access to Office Web Apps is to have an Office license for every user using that Office web apps. http://www.infoworld.com/d/developer-world/twists-and-turns-office-web-apps-software-license-895 Based on my understanding that means every user of Office Web apps on a SBSv7 would need a Office 2010 VL license as that's the only version that provides the Web apps right.
Office Web Apps. In addition to the rights above, you may install the Web App software on a network device. You may use the Web App software only as described below.
· Primary User. The single primary user of the licensed device may access and use the software remotely from any device.
· Non-primary Users. At any time, one user may access and use the software from the licensed device.'
So here's my bug and proposal. Let's SBSize it. Make the license such that as long as the SBSer purchased SBSv7 under a VL agreement and as long as they purchased ONE copy of Office 2010 standard under a VL agreement (which, remember, once the SBS gets you in the door of VL, you can purchase single licenses) than ANY Office 2010 licence you have (Office Home and Business, Office OEM) would give you Primary user rights to that Office web app.
This would be a sort of a hybrid licensing proposal and would reflect the realities of small business purchasing habits. We don't buy Office via VL. We buy it any way we can. But you've given us the possibilities of Office Web Apps but not matched it up with the realities of small business.
Will this suggestion be taken up by Microsoft and made into reality? Let's face it probably not. But, this is one of those things, Microsoft needs to hear the realities of the marketplace. Office under VL is just too expensive.