Office 2010 Licenses

I can’t find a singel word on the Microsoft site that explains what a device is. “Office Professional Plus 2010 and Office Standard 2010 are licensed per device through Volume Licensing”:

What is a device? Is a VM on my computer a device, or is it just the physical machine? If I install Office 2010 pro and use one of the Volume license on my laptop, and then also install Office on the four vm machines I have on my PC (running under vmware-workstation).
How do I count the licenses here? One, or is it 5 licenses?
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austinstaceConnect With a Mentor Commented:
For volume licensed MS Office, virtual machines are not considered devices.

I must have gotten confused about the desktop from the line "and then also install Office on the four vm machines I have on my PC (running under vmware-workstation)."

You need one license for each physical device (pc, laptop, tablet) that you use to access an Office installation. Since the vm's are all accessed through the same physical machine, you only need one license for all copies on that physical machine whether they are in vms or not.

This is found in a bubble on page 11 of Microsoft Product Use Rights Explained.

"Licensing Model Summary:
Desktop Applications
One license is required for each physical device running or accessing the application. This includes situations where you run the software on your local device or access the software on another device like a server. Additional licenses are not required for running the application on any virtual machines running on the licensed physical device."

It looks like you count 2 licenses - 1 for laptop and one for pc.
NM_149Author Commented:

Thanks for the reply, but this does not make sense. From page 11: Because full base licenses are not available in Volume Licensing for Windows desktop PC operating systems”

I have Windows 7 Enterprise and I have never heard of "Windows Desktop operating systems. "

Is it "VDI" they think of?? In that case, it is not the case here.

The pc I'm talking about is the laptop. It’s is not a case abaut VDI.

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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:

c. Portable Device. You may install another copy of the software on a portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device.

d. Separation of Components. The components of the software are licensed as a single unit. You may not separate the components and install them on different devices.


d. Use with Virtualization Technologies. Instead of using the software directly on the licensed device, you may install and use the software within only one virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system on the licensed device.

I hope this answers your questions. I have the Home/Student ver. og MSOffice 2010 installed on my desktop AND portable computers with no problem. Both work very well!

Desktop operating system refers to all of the operating systems as a whole - Windows 7, Vista, etc. They are saying that Windows 7 Professional is not available under the volume license program. It would be cheaper to buy the equipment with a preinstalled OEM version of Windows 7 Pro.

On page 12, under the heading Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007, the talk a bit more about volume licenses of Office. The license is good "per device". A device is a physical machine - laptop, desktop, tablet, etc. You can install as many copies of the software on a single device as you want. You will be accessing the virtual machine from a licensed device (your laptop or desktop).

You need one license for the desktop and one license for the laptop.

By the way, paulsuave's information is for retial licenses - not volume licenses. They are very different.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
austinstace is correct - my license is for a 1 user retail copy of MSOffice 2010 Home/Student ver.
NM_149Author Commented:
Thanks for the replies, I appreciate them - although I do not understand 100%

What do you mean by this: “You need one license for the desktop and one license for the laptop”.
I have a laptop, not a desktop. So why are you talking about DESKTOP?

My question should be easy to answer, with yes or no, but let me try to make it a little clearer:
- Are the virtual machines that I have on my laptop devices? (YES or NO)

(If each virtual machine is a device I would need an office license for each machine, If I install Office on every machine: Quote from this page:  “Office Professional Plus 2010 and Office Standard 2010 are licensed per device through Volume Licensing”:
NM_149Author Commented:
Thanks so much. This was very clarifying.
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