Can you help me with my software licensing question?
We have 40 PCs currently running Office XP Standard (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
We're finally looking to upgrade them all to Office 2010, but it seems so expensive.
The main reason for the expense seems to be Microsoft's inclusion of Publisher in the Office Standard product. Trust me, none of our users will ever use Publisher.
The Product Key Card (PKC) offering is less than half the price and gives us exactly the Office applications we want.
Office Home and Business 2010 PKC [Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook] £129.15 ex VAT
Office Standard 2010 [Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher] £306.54 ex VAT
Obviously, we'd need to keep track of the 40 unique licence codes, not to mention having to store them somewhere, but for this big a saving, we'd be crazy not to consider it.
Are there any big disadvantages to PKC licensing? Is it within the licensing agreements for businesses to use this method on PCs not purchased at the same time?
What would you do?