Microsoft's licensing schemes for Dynamics GP
There is only one version of the Microsoft Dynamics GP software. But over the years Microsoft has had different licensing schemes that have controlled which features of Dynamics GP you are allowed to use.
If you are buying new copy of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, you will be licensed using the latest licensing scheme for Dynamics GP 2013, which is called Perpetual Licensing (see below). If you bought Dynamics GP years ago, your licensing scheme will probably be one of the older licensing schemes (either Module Based Licensing or Business Ready Licensing), unless you have gone to the trouble of upgrading your license with Microsoft. If you are on an older licensing scheme, Microsoft does have a process to upgrade your license to a newer or different licensing scheme. But the rules are complex. So please call us if you are interested in upgrading your license.
Dynamics GP 2013 Perpetual Licensing (2013 +)
With the launch of Dynamics GP 2013 in January 2013, Microsoft adopted a new licensing scheme called Perpetual Licensing. The idea was to simplify the licensing.
Business Ready Licensing (2005-2013)
Starting around 2005, and until the launch of Dynamics GP 2013, Microsoft used a Business Ready Licensing scheme. When you bought the software you had to pick between two different licenses to Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains):
- Business Essentials
- Advanced Management
If you grow, and you need to upgrade from Business Essentials to Advanced Management, you must first pay Microsoft the difference between the price of the two licenses. You then will get new registration keys that you can paste into the application as the software is the same (you don't have to change your actual software).
Module Based Licensing (prior to 2005)
Prior to about 2005, MIcrosoft had 2 licenses to Dynamics GP (Great Plains):
- Great Plains Standard
- Great Plains Professional