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Long Live Perpetual Microsoft Office Licensing!

Long Live Perpetual Microsoft Office Licensing!


If you’ve been keeping up with industry reports, you might be forgiven for thinking Office 19 is about to disappear altogether. The reality, however, is that perpetual Office licensing (i.e. pay for once then use for as long as you want) isn’t going anywhere just yet, even though Microsoft would happily stop selling it in a heartbeat.

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Why Doesn’t Microsoft Like Perpetual Office?

Quite simply because they have a more profitable option they’d like people to use instead – namely Office 365. Office 365 is a subscription service, whereby rather than paying for a software license just once, you pay monthly for the privilege of using it. This is definitely a better option as far as Microsoft is concerned because it turns occasional customers into regular monthly subscribers – but what about the users?

The reality is that owning your software licensing outright still makes much better financial sense, no matter the implementation.

So, Is Perpetual Office Licensing Going To Go Away?

No, certainly not yet. Despite Microsoft heavily promoting Office 365 and not really wanting to sell perpetual Office licensing, it is far too popular to simply stop supporting it and offering it, (though if you speak to one of their resellers, they will probably only want to talk subscription) having already confirmed that the new version due out later this year will be available to own outright.

Why don’t users want to use Office 365? Mainly because it’s actually a lot more expensive in the long run. Subscription models offer a compelling proposition by seeming much more accessibly priced in the short term, and indeed they are. But most users don’t use software for just two months – software becomes a part of the way the business operates and is often in use for years. Over that time period, the subscription cost eclipses the outright purchase price considerably.

Then there’s the ongoing security of the cloud to consider; Microsoft is one of the biggest software providers in the world so is a magnet for data thieves and hackers to constantly attempt to break down their defences. Many business owners prefer the prospect of handling their own data security internally, and on-premises software allows a much easier path to that. Your data and documents are stored on your premises, rather than on a server somewhere you don’t even know.

The Future Is Still Bright For Office

That means Office Standard and Professional Plus, as well as other on-premises software, are still highly popular and will continue to be so for a long time yet to come. Browse the range at Discount Licensing today, to make even more savings against the cost of buying brand new software licences, with costs very favourable compared to many of the subscription plans. A cost comparison between Office 365 and pre-owned licensing is available to download from Discount-Licensing’s website.

Microsoft Proves The Continuing Popularity Of Perpetual Licences

Microsoft Proves The Continuing Popularity Of Perpetual Licences



Recently Microsoft have confirmed they will be providing a new on-site/perpetual version of their ever-popular Office platform. Given the company has made concerted efforts to push users into a more subscription-based model, what does this announcement mean for the current and future state of perpetual software licences?

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Perpetual Licence Or Subscription – What’s The Difference?

First, to lay the groundwork, a perpetual licence is one that you essentially pay for once and then you own the rights to use that piece of software. So you bought an Office licence, and that would grant you the freedom to install it on a set number of machines, at which point you could use it for the life of the machine. The software becomes an asset that you own with no further fees to pay in the future and potentially be sold off when no longer required.

A subscription (or rented) model, as with anything else, nominally seeks to make things more flexible by allowing you to pay an ongoing monthly fee for your software usage, rather than “buying” the licence. Instead of being a periodical Capex, it becomes on ongoing operational expenditure.

What Does Microsoft’s Announcement Actually Mean?

Microsoft is a company that is not going to release a product for which there is no market. The fact that they have specifically provided a perpetual licence version of the new Office platform means by default that there is a market for it. A market that prefers the prospect of buying the licence and owning that software.

Why Would An Organisation Prefer Perpetual Licensing Over Subscription?

None of this is to say that the subscription model doesn’t have its benefits. If pure costs are a concern for you, you might find it more affordable in the short term to budget a subscription payment. It also means that you can ensure that you’re always going to have access to the latest versions and features of Office.

The issue is that if you intend to use a piece of software long term, you can actually do it more cost-effectively by owning the licence outright. This allows organisations to fix the cost of its software for several years. It’s also worth noting that new software needs to be gotten used to – constantly having new features and layouts to integrate into yours and your employees’ workflow can damage efficiency.

In time there is no doubt that Microsoft wants users on a subscription model. Nevertheless, it’s what the users want that matters, however, and Microsoft must serve those needs. For the time being at least, it seems the perpetual licence model is not going anywhere – and when you think hard about the benefits, it’s no surprise why.

If your organisation would rather own its software, talk to Discount-Licensing. For a single payment at a price comparable or less than the cost of an annual Office subscription, you can purchase a pre-owned perpetual Microsoft Office licence from Discount-Licensing, giving you back control of software expenditure. If you would like to know more about purchasing software assets for less, get in touch with our team.

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Looking to Replace Office 2010? (Benefits of Choosing Perpetual Software Licences)

Looking to Replace Office 2010? (Benefits of Choosing Perpetual Software Licences)



With Microsoft ending extended product support for Office 2010 in October, organisations that are still using this version may believe their only migration path is to the subscription based Office365. Nevertheless, there is a more cost-effective solution that most conventional Microsoft Resellers don’t talk about: pre-owned perpetual licensing. This option can provide a more up-to-date Office suite for only slightly more than an annual Office 365 subscription.

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Though Office365 is a powerful tool with lots of great features, most users will only actually use a small percentage of the full capability of the software suite. This will be especially true for organisations who have been generally happy using older Office suites, getting full value from their software investment but are migrating because of concerns about lack of support rather than an operational requirement to move to a newer version. The other problem these organisations face is that by moving to subscription licensing, rather than the periodical capex for software, there will be a rise in the annual operational costs for IT. Yes, the initial costs are less than owning your software, but this expenditure will be repeated year-on-year. If an organisation in the past would use the same Office suite for 5 years or more, moving to a subscription will be a massive increase in costs over the same period. Most of us would agree that over time, as a rule, it is more cost effective to own than rent.


Microsoft still offer perpetual versions (one-time purchase) of the Office suite even if conventional resellers might lead us to believe otherwise. With the basic subscription Microsoft 365 Apps for Business costing around £94.80 per user/per year, on the face of it, the price is attractive against the one-time purchase price of £249.99 for Office Home & Business. However, in less than 3 years, the cost of the subscription exceeds the cost of the one-time payment version so for an organisation that previously used an Office suite for 6 or more years, their expenditure on software is more than doubling. That is also assuming the software manufacturer doesn’t increase their prices during that period. Yes, by renting your software, you always have the most up-to-date version with all the latest features but does this increased spending translate to such an improved bottom line it more than offsets the additional expense? Probably not.


For many businesses, 2020 has been a tough trading year so being able to stay with a software product that users are familiar with for a much lower outlay is very attractive, even if the organisation would prefer to own their asset. This is where pre-owned licensing can offer a real cost-effective alternative. For a lot less than the cost of 2 years subscription to the basic Microsoft 365 package, organisations can own a perpetual copy of Office 2019 from Discount-Licensing. Greater savings can be made by purchasing the excellent Office 2016, which will still be in extended support until October 2025. Finance options are also available if there is a need to spread the cost.


If your organisation is looking to replace its Office Suite, Microsoft will steer you towards one of their subscription offerings, trying to seduce you with all its bells and whistles but will it give enough of the return on investment it needs to, given the increasing annual outlay especially when most users probably only need a fraction of its capability. Pre-owned software from a reputable supplier like Discount-Licensing can offer a cost-effective alternative to rental. Subscription licensing is good for Microsoft’s business but is it good for yours?


When Is Capital Expenditure Better Than Operational Expenditure? This Is When.

When Is Capital Expenditure Better Than Operational Expenditure? This Is When.



When a 24/7 service provider decided it was time to refresh their Office 2013 Standard, they looked towards the Cloud. Being a subscription, it would be Opex rather than Capex expenditure so would possibly be easier to get approved internally. They had observed that other decision-makers in their industry were making the switch to Microsoft Cloud that led them to think that the Cloud was a more cost-effective option for their 4000 seats.

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They approached a Microsoft reseller, who sold them the Cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus licences. The reseller sold the concept that “the Cloud is the future” – the move that “everyone is making” and failing to get on board could mean the business would get “left behind”. The Office 365 ProPlus option was the most comparable to their previous software package, costing £9.80 per user every month.

Currently Cloud-based products differ from on-premise licences in that the former is user-based while the latter is device-based. This means that although the company has just 4,000 seats, they were required to purchase 12,000-user licences since their 24-hour working day involved three separate shifts. There would be three different people using a single PC over a 24-hour period, and now each of them needed their own licence.

At this point you might be thinking that one single payment for a perpetual licence that can be shared makes too much sense to ignore, but the allure of the Cloud is strong, apparently!

This threefold licence increase caused the costs to skyrocket. Paying for 12,000 users at £9.80 each meant a total outlay of £117,600 per month and £1,411,200 per annum as an Opex spend! In short, the actual cost of providing this new IT solution for the workforce was a major increase from their previous setup – a far cry from the aim of gaining a more cost-effective solution.

Within a few months, the increase in IT expenditure began to get noticed by the finance team. As the subscription gave little to no productivity benefits over their previous solution, it was quickly concluded that it was a very expensive way to operate. It was at this point that they approached Discount-Licensing to explore options for reducing costs. Providing an on-premise licence, our team were able to sell Office 2016 Pro Plus for their 4,000 seats that adequately met the needs of the business. Despite being a Capex, each perpetual licence cost less than a single year’s user subscription to the Cloud services.

This is why on-premise perpetual licences can be far more cost-effective than Cloud-based ones, and there are many solutions to choose from so you’ll definitely be able to find exactly what you need. We were able to swiftly find the optimal solution for the customer and save them a huge amount of money versus the outlay for a cloud-based subscription plan. Let us also not forget that as perpetual licensing is an owned asset, there is always the potential to reclaim value at the end of the usage period.

This is just one example that demonstrates why no business should overlook the option of acquiring on-premise perpetual licences. Franchised resellers will tell you that the Cloud is the only way to go, as that is where the manufacturers want to take the market. Why sell a product when you can rent it instead and give yourself a constant revenue stream that you have full control of? Most of us would rather buy than rent in most cases as we see the latter being the more expensive option longer term.

You will also see that many of your competitors are turning to the cloud model for their operations. The important thing is to be realistic about what your business needs. No-one knows better than you how your business operates and what it requires, and you should explore on-premise perpetual licences to find out if there is a simpler, more cost-effective option to meet your needs. Be careful not just to follow the crowd as it may not be the right path for you!

Discount-Licensing is able to assist with your enquiries, and will work hard to find a solution that ticks all your boxes. Contact us today to discuss what your business needs and we’ll point you in the right direction.

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You Don’t HAVE To Make The Jump To The Cloud – Perpetual Software Has A Lot Of Benefits

You Don’t HAVE To Make The Jump To The Cloud – Perpetual Software Has A Lot Of Benefits



Purchasing pre-owned software is quick and easy, saving you a significant sum of money. We have many satisfied customers across Europe – in fact, as much as 60% of our business takes place around Europe. Opting for pre-owned perpetual software licensing over cloud-based upgrades means you get permanent access to software for a fraction of the original price.

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These days, more and more businesses are making a move to cloud-based software even though it costs more than any other option and data could be at risk of being compromised. So why?

The answer is a simple one: many businesses don’t realise that they can still opt out of the Cloud. Vendors don’t make it clear that perpetual software licensing is still an option. Microsoft and their distributors will try and push you towards cloud-based subscriptions. Of course they do – that means more money for them, both in terms of the move itself, and the subsequent license fees that you keep paying for as long as you want to use that software. This means that if you ever stop paying for that software, you will need to retrieve all your data or risk losing it all together.

What traditional resellers don’t tell you is that perpetual software hasn’t suddenly dropped out of existence – it’s still around and as accessible as ever. So next time your software supplier tells you “you’ll have to move to the cloud for that” keep in mind that they may have a vested interest in convincing you to make the move, and there may be a perpetual alternative that they’re not telling you about.

Here are just a few reasons why you should stick with perpetual Microsoft volume software licenses.

It’s Cheaper

Perpetual software licenses ask for just one single fee. If you want to move to the cloud, however, you’ll pay a recurring cost every month – essentially paying for the software several times over, in the long run. Similar to how if you hire a car for a few years and then eventually return it, you will not get any money back when you hand the car back. This is because you never owned that car. Not only is it cheaper to buy perpetual licenses, the ownership would be transferred to you and your company and you will be able to recoup some of that value should you choose to eventually stop using it and sell it on to a vendor like Discount Licensing. In the case of cloud-based software, you’ve been paying for something that you will not get to keep – and you will have likely paid extra, “hidden” costs over the years….

Active users of software are assigned a “seat”, each of which costs money. Every time one of your seats becomes inactive – meaning the user no longer uses their own account – you will need to manually disable that seat yourself. This requires you to employ someone to keep an eye on seats – yet another extra cost that comes with cloud-based software. The constant monitoring of active users to avoid charges for services that aren’t being used adds up to a lot of extra money over the years – unless you simply continue to pay for a seat that isn’t being used. Avoid either of these scenarios by choosing a perpetual software licence that you pay for once, and then own forever.

It’s More Secure

However secure the cloud may be, the fact is anyone can access your data if your details fall into their wrong hands. When you choose the cloud, you are storing your data on someone else’s server, entrusting it to someone else. If that server fails, you will not be able to access your data. You can lose any kind of information, from client information to personal information. Perpetual software, on the other hand, can only be accessed by people who have access permission within your organisation. This cuts down the risk of data breach significantly.

You Stay In Control

You have complete control over your software, where it is installed, on which devices within your organisation, and you decide when you upgrade or downgrade. With perpetual licenses, you own the data. but once it’s uploaded to the cloud, who owns the data then? No one is really sure.

Another question you should ask yourself – Is your Cloud Service Provider fully compliant with GDPR? How will you access your data if their server goes down or if you lose connection to the internet?

If you choose a perpetual software license, you will always have access to your data, no matter what.

The Cloud Or Perpetual licences?

When cloud first began people were rightly sceptical. Tech giants claimed it would be the next big thing and the implication that cloud would completely displace perpetual licensing was strong but there is evidence to say that perpetual licensing still has a very strong presence in the market because of its lower overall costs, better security, and control over data.

It may be sensible for organisations to use a hybrid system: part-cloud, part-perpetual. For example, for remote users it may be advantageous to use cloud, but perpetual licenses may be a better choice for those on your team who are rarely mobile, tend to work from your business premises, and don’t need to share many files and folders. Combine the best of both systems for a convenient, tailor-made solution that’s right for you.

Don’t believe the hype over the Cloud. Use perpetual software licenses wherever you can and save a significant amount of money while substantially cutting down on the risks.

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