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Marco . Fioretti wrote:

Assuming the organization is not SoHo sized, or smaller, unless the person negotiating with 
Microsoft for licenses is a complete idiot, the license will allow for each employee to install 
MSO on their home computer, for the duration of their employment, or the corporate license 
expires, whichever comes first.

may I ask you one real world case where this actually happened?

I'm aware of three companies that did that, of which only one is still around, having been bought 
out by a competitor.  (A Candian outfit whose DBA was Telemart, but whose corporate name was 
something else, and whose employees identified themselves by a different moniker, and whose local 
business license was yet another name.) 

One SoHo sized business I had a contract with, did have a policy of allowing employees, but not 
independent contractors to install the software on their home computer.  I don't know if that was 
through their license, or if it simply bought the package from Costco.  

That practice is occasionally discussed in the trade rags, usually given as a justification of why 
Microsoft bases the number of licenses that are required, upon the total number of employees, and 
not the number of employees whose job requires a desktop computer, or the number of employees who 
use MSO as part of their daily work routine.

I will grant that in some, perhaps even most cases, neither the IT department, nor HR will tell 
employees about this "fringe benefit".  

There also is the "academic license" option, which, with some effort, is fairly easy for most 
people to qualify under.

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