Sep 12, 2018 - 02:27 AM
you keep the perpetual rights to the version up to when you transition to the cloud - you don't get perpetual rights to the version released during the time when you license "from SA" .
For example: moving to E3 from SA today would mean having perpetual rights to Office 2016 on premise, not to 2019 -
perpetual rights to 2019 could only be achieved by moving back to Software Assurance.
Sep 12, 2018 - 05:39 AM
Thank you for your answer. Does that mean you can use your perpetual licenses on-premise and the From SA licenses at the same time?
Sep 12, 2018 - 07:42 AM
An "old style" EA - if you have used your Platfrom (Company-Wide) Office Professional Plus licenses and at a platform level have "from SA" it to Office 365 E3 (subscription licensing) - you can only install Office ProPlus 365 edition. However at the end of the contract term you will just renew your Office 365, and those Office Professional Plus 2016 licenses are available to use as an additional product. If you want to use Office VL plus 365 you would use the Add-On instead of the From SA to get these rights.
However.... if you use the M365 O365 E3 you get the rights (as an M356 benefit) to use one Office Professional Plus license per user. Its a benefit granted backwards, you still technically lose the pepetual license the same way as above for the contract period.
If you have consistant SA on your Office from VL into 365 you have the rights to convert back to VL (or renew the subscription)
Well ok - this area is deeply confusing. And Microsoft are pretty realistic about the use of VL / Subscription mixed together as a transition and it while it technically creates a risk position generally its not worried about too much.
Sep 13, 2018 - 03:12 PM
There is nothing in any Microsoft contract I'm aware of mandating what versions you install, provided licensing rules are met.
Moving to from SA does not mean that you have to install only the 365Proplus version of Office, and in scenarios clients take a long time
to transition from perpetual versions of Office to 365 click to run versions.
The EA terms only mean you need to cover all Desktops/Users IF you have products with a qualified user or device definition.
Sep 14, 2018 - 06:11 AM
Sep 14, 2018 - 07:39 AM
Oct 09, 2018 - 08:53 PM
Additionally, while you can use the perpetual licenses as long as you'd like (they're stuck at the version available when you discontinued SA), in some cases you might want to transition back to perpetual licenses from Office 365 subscriptions to secure the most current perpetual license. Performing a "transition back" can be done at an anniversary or at a renewal - see page 77 of the October 2018 Product Terms for specifics. One of those details is that you have to have SA for the remainder of the contract, meaning there may be more benefit to transition at the second anniversary and pay only one year of SA, rather than at renewal where a 3-year commitment is required.