This CRN article describes 6 things organizations should know about Microsoft’s relatively new (first launched at the end of 2013) volume licensing program– Microsoft Product and Services Agreement (MPSA). This program is for enterprise customers with more than 250 seats.

  • MPSA lets customers buy cloud and on-premises software in one agreement– it replaces Microsoft Business and Services Agreement (MBSA), Microsoft Select Plus Agreement, and Microsoft Online Services Agreement (MOSA).
  • MPSA will save you time– its only 8 pages long, compared to Select Plus which is 37 pages; the latter 37 pages include 23 pages for the MBSA and 7 pages each for the Select Plus and Online Services Agreements. (See the MPSA vs Select Plus Comparison Chart pdf doc for more information).
  • MPSA is part of Microsoft’s top-down effort to make licensing simpler– sign one agreement instead of multiple contracts.
  • MSPA is only sold through Licensing Solution Providers (LSPs, formerly called Large Account Resellers or LARs).
  • Microsoft has launched a new licensing portal called the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center. According to the CRN article, the new portal is “already helping customers and partners with 65 percent faster agreement submission times….”
  • MPSA offers volume discounts on both cloud and on-premises software products– Select Plus only offers discounts on on-premises software.

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