Why is there a minimum purchase for Microsoft software?

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If you have tried to order something off of our Microsoft non-profit page, you’ve probably noticed that there is a minimum limit of 5 licenses on every product you click on. We’re not doing that to be greedy, I promise! That’s built into those products because all of the Microsoft licenses you would buy from us are part of Microsoft’s Open Volume Licensing program. This program is designed to allow organizations of all types to buy discounted software on a recurring basis. Also, that five license minimum is only a requirement for you first order. After your initial order you will have a Microsoft Authorization number that allows you to come back and purchase any number of licenses within 2 years of that initial purchase. If you end up purchasing 5 licenses of any Microsoft products within that 2 year period, your authorization can continue indefinitely.

So what if you don’t want 5 licenses of Office?

To satisfy the 5 license minimum purchase on your first order, you always have the option to mix-and-match. For example, you could by (2) license of Microsoft Office Pro, (1) license of Microsoft Office Standard, (1) Windows 8 upgrade, and (1) standalone license of Microsoft Outlook. There isn’t a way to mix-and-match like this on our website at this time, so we suggest that you give us a call at 800-433-6326 and speak to a designated non-profit software consultant who can process your order over the phone.