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What is Shared Computer Activation (SCA) for Office 365 ProPlus?

What is Shared Computer Activation (SCA) for Office 365 ProPlus? In September 2014, Microsoft enabled Shared Computer Activation (SCA) mode in Office 365 so that multiple Office 365 ProPlus users can share the same hardware in the following three scenarios:

  • Customer dedicated self-hosted (on-premise)
  • Dedicated third-party hosted
  • Windows Azure environment

In response to growing requests to deploy Office 365 ProPlus in third-party environments, Microsoft announced a few weeks ago that multi-tenant third-party hosted scenarios are now permitted for SCA through partners who meet certain criteria.

Which Office versions support Shared Computer Activation?

Shared Computer Activation mode works with Office 365 ProPlus. All Office 365 plans that include Office 365 ProPlus can use Shared Computer Activation.

The benefits of Shared Computer Activation for Office 365 ProPlus

The main outcome of SCA for Office 365 ProPlus is that it gives customers more choice and flexibility. SCA allows customers to take advantage of existing Office 365 licensing investments when deploying to the cloud.

Customers are able to make a deployment choice between on-premises and any authorized Service Providers’ shared datacentre to help lower cloud infrastructure costs by letting Proginov use your existing Office 365 ProPlus licenses.



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