Licensing Support

Count on our 30 plus years experience

Grey Matter is a recognised licensing specialist and are proud to hold many partner accreditations. We work directly with hundreds of vendors and focus on understanding their schemes so that whatever your needs we can offer the best advice.

With our considerable knowledge and expertise, we are able to support you in making the most cost-effective choices for your business, while taking away the administration and management headaches of licensing software.

We have direct relationships with hundreds of publishers, so whether you are looking for cloud, on-premise or hybrid licensing we will get you on the right track.

We often get asked for advice on what the different Microsoft licensing schemes are, below is an overview however if you have a question, email

Microsoft Licensing

Grey Matter have been offering Microsoft volume licences since 1986 and more recently, we have been accredited as a Direct and Indirect Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), and a SPLA Reseller. We are a Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller (AER) and a Bing Maps and ISV Royalty Distributor and all of our licensing experts are Microsoft Certified Professionals or have passed the Microsoft Licensing exams

Perpetual licensing

  • Open licensing
  • Open value licensing
  • MPSA licensing
  • Enterprise Agreements

Academic–available to schools, colleges and universities as perpetual licenses through Open licensing or on a subscription basis through CSP or Open Value Subscription.

Charity–not for Profit licensing available on a perpetual basis through open licensing or on a subscription basis through CSP

Cloud licensing

  • CSP Direct and Indirect
  • SPLA

Independent software vendors

  • ISV Royalty for on-premise
  • SPLA for hosted
  • CSP Direct and Indirect for Cloud
  • Bing Maps for mapping and Location services

ISV Royalty

The ISV Royalty Licensing Program is for ISVs who embed Microsoft software in their on-premise solution.

Benefits of the scheme include:

  • Licenses paid in arrears supporting cash flow
  • Reduced license costs
  • Sell to customers worldwide
  • Reduce installation and administration costs
  • Provide your users a complete solution
  • Software Maintenance option

There are a wide range of products included in this program, for example: SQL Server, Dynamics 365, Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS), Office Pro Plus, BizTalk Server, SharePoint Server, and Exchange Server.

CSP For Cloud

As a Direct and Indirect Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider, Grey Matter can help you to move your workloads and those of your customers to the cloud. The Grey Matter CSP Program for ISVs includes:

  • Free initial consultation with a technical consultant
  • Access to GMCirrus, our cloud management platform
  • Best of breed service desk: UK-based, office hours support with 2-hour SLA
  • Pay monthly with simple, clear monthly bills
  • Flexible licensing: increase and decrease your users/usage whenever you need
  • 99.9% uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  • Known costs: with our quoting service you can have confidence in the costs of moving to the cloud

SPLA For Hosted

If you are hosting software services, with the Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) Program, your customers worldwide are able to license eligible products on a monthly basis.

Benefits of the scheme include:

  • Pay monthly for licences only when you have made them available
  • No long-term commitments: simply remove licences when they are no longer needed
  • Help cash flow: licences are reported and paid for in arrears
  • Hosting options: whether you use Azure or another data centre provider, it’s your choice

Visual Studio Subscriptions

MSDN is now called Visual Studio subscriptions and is available alongside your Visual Studio IDE on a monthly, yearly, or multi-year agreement.

Multi-year agreements on volume licensing offer a fixed annual cost with perpetual use rights in most cases.

The monthly and yearly subscriptions offer:

  • No long-term contract
  • Cost effective monthly or annual billing
  • Subscriber updates to the latest version
  • Simplified management and support from Grey Matter

Advice and support

Our friendly and knowledgeable account managers are here to help, contact us for:

  • Free consultation and advice on licensing and renewals
  • Advice on hundred of software products–ranging from technical, development, business and design
  • Advice for Start-Ups, including free and discounted licensing and services