Why does there seem to be more than one version of the same software?
You may often come across different versions and licenses of a single software, like Windows. Over the years, Microsoft Windows has evolved dramatically to meet the advancing needs of the users and the market. This evolution of software is essential to stay strong in the ever-complicating market and lead the consistently increasing competition. The decade-old version of Windows cannot satisfy the later day's requirements of the users.
Many products such as software have a variety of different types of licensing. This will range from Retail Box (which you would find on the shelf at a retail store) to very specific OLP (Open License Program) or VLP (Volume License Program) types of licensing that require specific criteria to be met before they are used. Another type of licensing is OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) which usually requires the purchase of a hardware component or comes packaged with a new computer or peripheral device. These various license types may seem confusing but if you have questions about the type of license you need, please feel free to contact our helpful staff and we will get a software license specialist to help you with selecting the proper type to fit your specific needs.
A single software can offer various different kinds of licensing that require the users to comply with their specific pre-defined criteria for being eligible to use that particular version. These versions can include:
- Retail Box Version: This version of the software is found on the shelves of the retail stores.
- Open License Program (OLP)/ Volume License Program (VLP): This version is designed to benefit single to medium-sized organizations with the volume licenses of a single software.
- Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): In this version, the manufacturer of a final product usually buys hardware components, includes them in its product, and resell it to the end-users.
These licensing-needs vary from user to user. While a retail box version of the software can be sufficient for one user, the other may find it incapable of catering to its requirements. Some examples of different software versions are Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows 95, etc. Windows 10 Pro (Professional) and Windows 10 Home are examples of different license-types.
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