Office and VL vs. Retail

The term full packaged product (FPP) refers to boxed, licensed software sold through distributors to resellers. Customers generally acquire FPPs through local retail stores and software retailers. Typically, each FPP includes one license, along with media and documentation, and is designed to meet low-volume needs.

Question:  My customer has found that Office Professional @ retail pricing is cheaper than Office Professional Plus in Volume License – why is this the case if Volume License is supposed to be cheaper?

 

A: First let’s look at the program application difference between Office 2010 Pro, Office 2010 Pro Plus and Office 2010 Std:

  Professional (Retail/ FPP)

ERP FPP $499.00

Professional Plus

ERP Open $508.00

Standard

ERP Open $373.00

Word

X

X X

Excel

X

X

X

PowerPoint

X

X

X

OneNote

X

X

X

Outlook

X

X

X

Publisher

X

X

X

Access

X

X

 

Communicator

 

X

 

InfoPath

 

X

 

SharePoint

 

X

 

 

See the difference between how many programs you receive with the Professional Plus over the retail Professional. If they are not interested in the added benefits of the Extra Professional Plus programs then you should be looking at the Volume License Standard as this would be more cost effective then the FPP Retail.

Next look at all the added benefits that Volume License gives you over retail:

  Retail (FPP) Volume License
Good for: Home or business with less than 5 computers 5 or more computers or needs 5 up front  and more over 2 years
Media compliance Must show physical media, physical box and physical license key for each license install No physical compliance, all online automatically for administrator
Media procurement Hard media from box only, if this is lost or destroyed there is no replacement Online downloads are always available as long as the media is in Microsoft Life cycle
Product Key Must have individual product key and activation for each install 1 product key number can be used for the deployment of many licenses
Downgrade Rights None Included
Re-Image Rights None Included
Application Mobility license Varies with app Included in all desktop applications
Different levels of savings None Yes, varies on programs
Software Asset management Physical and manual Online and included

 

Volume license benefits are subject to volume license program terms and conditions. Please see the volume license chart for more information.