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Microsoft FAQ for Licensing

Welcome to the Microsoft FAQ Page for licensing, where your questions are answered by the 365 Cloud Store team of licensing experts! Navigating the world of Microsoft licensing can be complex, and we understand the importance of clarity and transparency. This Microsoft FAQ page has been designed to address the most common questions and concerns surrounding Microsoft licensing, helping you gain a deeper understanding of the licensing options available, their benefits, and how they can best serve your organization.

The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program delivers a consistent, simplified, and flexible purchase experience for customers when licensing Microsoft software and Cloud services. The CSP program offers a higher level of post-sale technical support and allows customers to choose between monthly billing for flexibility or annual billing with a 20% discount (paying upfront).

  • You will pay only for what you need, on demand
  • Free admin technical support
  • It allows you to choose monthly or annual payments
  • Consolidated billing is available for promotions and volume discounts
  • You will be able to manage your licenses and make changes any time you need, through our advanced Client Licensing Portal
  • Expert advice from our specialists is available whenever you need it
  • 24/7 critical admin Cloud support with SLAs based on the severity of your ticket

Yes, it requires Microsoft validation of such entities. For more details about these licenses, please contact us

Microsoft 365 is a rebranding of Office 365 which combines cloud-based versions of Microsoft’s next-generation communications and collaboration services like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Teams with the familiar Microsoft Office desktop suite (requires specific subscription). There are different Microsoft 365 plans available to choose from, to help you meet your business needs.

We guarantee 3% savings compared to Microsoft published pricing, with the following terms and conditions: 

  • Applicable solely to Microsoft US commercial license subscriptions and excludes Government, Academic, or Nonprofit subscriptions. 
  • A minimum purchase of 5 licenses is required. 
  • Payment via ACH or bank wire is required. We ensure a minimum of 3% savings compared to Microsoft’s published online list pricing upon meeting the criteria. 
  • Custom response SLAs are available. 

Contact us for more information. 

Venti Exchange allows customers to bring together their Microsoft 365 billing with other services, such as Azure consumption, Teams Voice/Call Center, Help Desk, among others.
Yes, there are month-to-month or annual commitments.

Annual commitment requires an upfront annual payment; however, you can choose a monthly commitment with monthly payments if your organization needs the flexibility. If you require other terms, feel free to contact us

Pricing for annual commitment includes a 20% discount compared to monthly commitment, which provides the flexibility to reduce or cancel licenses at the end of every monthly term.

As per Microsoft policy, you have seven calendar days to reduce or cancel licenses after purchasing or during your renewal period. During this window, you will receive a prorated refund, after this, you are committed until the end of the term (month-to-month or annual)

Yes. Microsoft offers 30-day trials for some Microsoft 365 services. Most trials are 25 seats and auto-renew into a paid subscription. Contact us for more information.

Purchasing Microsoft Software through our store is a simple and efficient process, you will have access to pre-sale and post-sale assistance, as well as the possibility of volume and term pricing.

You can have access to our store through the Microsoft Software page, once in this page, it is as simple as buying from your favorite online store. All you will have to do is add the selected items to your cart and check out.

You will receive your Microsoft Product Key the same day of your purchase. After processing your payment in our License Portal, there is a 20 to 30 minute wait time for your product key to be generated.
This depends on the product or service being licensed as well as the terms selected.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud platform that is composed by more than 200 products and cloud services.

You can purchase Azure with Venti Exchange by submitting a contact form to arrange a discovery call with one of our experts. After this call takes place, our team will send you a custom quote and the details to make your payment to start using Microsoft Azure.

By purchasing Azure with us you will have access to enterprise-class technical support available 24/7, expert guidance from our team, consolidated billing, and volume & term discounts.

Contact us for a discovery call and our team of experts can help you find the best product or service based on your organization’s needs.

Windows 365 is the world’s first cloud PC. It delivers a personalized Windows experience where each user can securely stream the desktop, apps, settings, and content from the Microsoft cloud to their devices.
Windows 365 is offered as a per user license. The compute/storage costs are included in the per-user license purchased. Note: Multiple users of a single cloud PC are not supported or permitted at this time.
Yes. Windows 365 is delivered via Microsoft’s CSP program, which means you can purchase licenses, just as you would any other Microsoft subscription-based service, like Microsoft 365. You can also count on our CSP support, read more here.

Windows 365 has two editions: Business, and Enterprise. Windows 365 Business does not have any underlying prerequisites.

Windows 365 Enterprise does have prerequisites; for more details, see Windows 365 requirements | Microsoft Docs.

  • Windows 365 Business is a one-size fits all solution, for up-to 300 users.
  • Windows 365 Enterprise provides more manageability by allowing Microsoft Endpoint Manager-based provisioning, for unlimited users.

Windows 365 was designed for simplicity, allowing customers to get the benefits of personalized Cloud PCs without requiring VDI or Azure Expertise.

Azure Virtual Desktop, on the other hand, is highly customizable to allow for maximum flexibility. It is consumption-based rather than subscription-based and provides additional functionality that is not yet available in Windows 365.

It is a set of intelligent business applications by Microsoft, that unify CRM and ERP capabilities to enable organizations from different industries to grow, evolve, and transform.
Yes, we do. You can book a meeting with one of our licensing experts for information on licensing programs, channels, and segment availability.
Dynamics 365 applications are licensed by users or devices, and unassigned licenses provide access to a feature or service at the tenant level.
Some Dynamics 365 subscriptions do carry minimum purchasing requirements or prerequisites. See the latest Dynamics 365 Licensing Guide for full details or reach out to one of our licensing specialists for assistance.
We sell licenses for Dynamics 365. While we do not offer Dynamics 365 consulting/services we can sometimes connect you with peer companies that specialize in Dynamics 365 services.

All our subscriptions include break-fix admin technical support.

Yes, we do. You can contact one of our licensing experts for more details on the options you have and what could work best for your organization’s needs.

You can book a personalized, no-cost consultation with one of our licensing specialists or fill out this form to know if your organization is eligible for volume discounts.

Yes, some options do have a minimum number of licenses that must be purchased. See the question below.
We offer different options to best fit your organization’s needs:
  • Cloud Solution Provider: No minimum requirement. Upfront payment.
  • Open Business Agreement: Requires a minimum of 5 licenses. A single 2-year term agreement with upfront payments.
  • Open Value Agreement: Requires minimum 5 licenses. A single 3-year term agreement that allows you to spread your payments throughout the term.
Purchasing licenses in volume can help reduce costs and provide a more customized licensing option and IT management.
It depends on the channel you select.
  • Cloud Solution Provider: 5 to 10 minutes after your order is processed.
  • Microsoft Volume Licensing Agreement: from 48 to 72 hours after your order is processed.

You have access to your account any time you need it, through our advanced Client Portal

Cloud subscriptions procured via Microsoft’s CSP program include break-fix, admin support. End-user support plans are available upon request. Perpetual licenses do not include support.

Our SLA response time varies according to the severity of the support ticket.

  • Severity A (Critical): 30 minutes
  • Severity B (High): 2 hours
  • Severity C (Medium): 4 hours
  • Severity D (Low): 24 hours

You can manage the severity of your support ticket on our Client Portal

Yes, we do offer Managed Services. Please visit our Managed Services web page for more details.
Yes, as part of the CSP program, we offer basic service provisioning, service issues, and service configuration changes. You can also request professional services (quoted separately) for any needs beyond basic service support.
Yes, we have many different options available. Everything from live to webinar to prerecorded training via a premium end-user training portal, it all comes down to what your requirements are.
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