The Microsoft Products and Service Agreement (MPSA) was developed in collaboration with partners and customers and is ideal for the licensing of hybrid or fully integrated cloud solutions. The agreement is not time-limited, and enables the user to buy software precisely when it is needed. There is no compulsion to select certain products. Instead, the MPSA allows users to license only the products that are actually required in the company. It goes without saying that this may include a mix of on premise and cloud products.
What's more, the MPSA comes with the option for all associated companies – subsidiaries or affiliates, for instance – to buy their products under the same contract. Purchasing Accounts, registered under the MPSA, are used for procurements. The Purchasing Accounts can be adjusted flexibly to suit the corporate structure, which means that even divisions, departments or project groups within the company can register. The purpose here is to simplify software procurement and to obtain better transparency in respect to license purchases. The Agreement Administrator, appointed when the contract is concluded, offers a measure of control. This person defines and determines which Purchasing Accounts can be registered, rejected or cancelled.
The MPSA also introduced a new administration Portal: the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center (MVLC). Users go there to obtain product keys, to download software or to order and use their own online services, among others. A reporting tool provides a clear overview of all licenses purchased within the company. It also allows quick administration and use of Software Assurance Services.