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Office 2007 licensing options

There are essential three different ways you can buy a license for Microsoft Office 2007 and we will detail both the advantages and disadvantages here so that you can decide which option is best for your particular circumstances.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)

OEM can only come pre-installed with a new computer and cannot be transferred to another, even if it is stolen, damaged or broken.


  • Cheap initial cost. OEM licenses can cost considerably less than other options


  • Cannot be transferred to another computer
  • Has to be purchased with a new computer
  • Cannot be upgraded via an upgrade version, you have to purchase a full version
  • Does not cover Terminal Server usage

Retail / FPP (Full Packaged Product)

Retail can be purchased as a standalone piece of software and usually comes in a display box with CD and manuals. Unlike OEM, a retail copy can be transferred between computers provided it is removed from the original first.


  • Can be transferred between computers
  • Install a second copy on the primary users portable computer
  • Can be purchased as a full or upgrade version


  • Higher initial cost
  • Does not cover Terminal Server usage

VL (Volume Licensing)

Volume licensing makes it easier and more affordable for those looking to purchase 5 or more licences. Volume licensing offers many different options depending on your requirements including the option to spread payments over 3 years. As Volume Licensing has many different options depending on your circumstances it can therefore be very complicated to find the solution that is right for you. As a result, depending on your solution, you can expect a combination of the following:


  • Use any previous version of Office if you wish
  • Install a second copy on the primary users portable or home computer
  • Covers Windows Terminal Server usage
  • Benefit from free upgrades during the period of your agreement on certain licenses (or with an optional purchase of a Software Assurance subscription)
  • Can be transferred between computers
  • In some cases you only pay for the number of licenses in use at the end of the year (even if this is less than the peak usage)
  • Option to spread payments
  • Simplified license tracking (fewer license keys and no paper copies to keep safe)
  • Simplified deployment to multiple computers
  • Cheaper in the long term if you plan on regular upgrades as new versions are released.


  • Can be very complicated to understand which options are best for you
  • In some circumstances you don’t own the software at the end of subscription period

If you would like to discuss your licensing requirements then please contact us

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