Microsoft Ending Its Open License Program in January 2022

Learn how Microsoft are simplifying licensing through a new commerce experience.

Microsoft announced on 12th October that it’s planning to end its Open License program for small and midsize organizations, starting on Jan. 1, 2022.

The Microsoft Open License program was created over 20 years ago for small and midsized customers to buy perpetual software licenses at a volume price. Microsoft is taking a significant step to simplify licensing by introducing perpetual software license purchases. This can be procured through Charles Square via the Cloud Solution Provider program, with a target availability date of January 2021.

You can continue to renew and purchase new software licenses, Software Assurance, and online services through the Open License program until December 31, 2021. As of January 1, 2022, commercial customers won’t be able to buy new or renew software licenses or online services through the Microsoft Open License program. New license-only purchases should be transacted through Charles Square who are in the Cloud Solution Provider program. 

Charles Square have extensive experience in software migration and as a long term Microsoft Partner, we have extensive knowledge and experience in Microsoft platforms. We can help you migrate and navigate any business challenges this change makes and we will help mitigate any business impact.

Please contact Charles Square to understand more about how you may be affected, the best way to manage this change and more about Microsoft long term programmes and solutions.

Gareth Broekmann
Gareth Broekmann
Gareth Broekmann founded Charles Square (CSq) in 2014 with the goal of becoming a one-stop shop for technology solutions for companies in the finance sector and regulated businesses across the globe. With over 15 years of experience in Financial Services, as head of CSq Operations Gareth is dedicated to making sure clients get the most out of their IT investments so they can focus on what matters: their business. His commitment to sustainability has led him to spearhead initiatives related to climate positivity and ESG implementation. In addition, he is an avid golfer and supports 11 UK based charities, highlighting his passion for giving back to local communities. Through its innovative services and commitment to social responsibility, CSq offers an unmatched value proposition that promises to serve its customers efficiently while improving society at large.