Program Guide: Microsoft ISV Royalty Licensing
Delivering Your Solution
After Microsoft approves the signed ISV Royalty License and Distribution Agreement, you can begin distributing Products as outlined in the agreement.
Media Ordering and Fulfillment
You may order the product software media kit for replication from your authorized distributor.
Product Key Activation
Some Products require Volume License Keys (VLKs) to complete installation.
The product key is assigned to a company or organization and must be used for desktop PC or administrator installations of Products. To obtain an ISV Volume License Key, and for a list of products that require VLKs, please contact your distributor.
The ISV Royalty Licensing Program allows you to distribute Products and Embedded Maintenance as part of a Unified Solution, not as stand-alone products.
You are not allowed to lease or rent Products without a separate agreement with Microsoft.
Integrating Products with your Unified Solution must include the entire Product, not just a portion of the Product. Based on your Unified Solution’s functionality, certain features might not be used (for example, development tools), but the entire Product must be integrated.
While you are allowed to create technically accurate documentation for the Unified Solution based on the information contained in the help files, you cannot modify the help files contained in the Product. This is to ensure that the users receive the complete Microsoft software package and a consistent user experience no matter where or whom they acquire it from.
Microsoft does not allow any features to be disabled so that users receive fully functional Products. In addition, disabling certain features can affect other parts of the Product that would be detrimental to the software. However, you can configure the Products in accordance with its software documentation.
Delivering Software Services
If you would like to provide your Unified Solutions as software services, you need to sign a Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA). You can find details about the SPLA at .
The ISV Royalty Licensing Program allows for worldwide distribution of the Unified Solution, subject to US export laws and subject to certain agreement provisions. Because Microsoft does not exercise control over who you distribute the Unified Solution to, you are required to have agreements with all third-party business entities that you directly provide the Unified Solution to for distribution (and not for sublicense), directly or indirectly, to users.
Microsoft ISV Royalty License and Distribution Agreement Program Guide7