Some license terms and meanings

Term

Original word

What it usually means

1-Year

1-Year

Support, License or maintenance period

App or Apps

Application

Mobile applications, which can be downloaded to mobile devices

Acad

Academic

Academic licenses are meant for schools, universities and high schools. Some academic licenses are only for staff, while others can also be bought by students, and some manufacturers offer specific licenses for students. Terms vary per vendor.

Autorenewal

Autorenewal

Subcription license wich is renewed automatically after the expiration date, and also invoiced automatically. Usually this renewal period can be cancelled 7-30 days before the expiration date. By cancelling the license on time you will avoid unwanted payments, and the license will end.

CE

Corporate Edition

License for corporate use. See also SMB

Cloud

Cloud

Different vendors provide SaaS licenses which are typically subscription based, and price depends on usage (volume, level of service etc.).

Concurrent

Concurrent

License which calculates users who are using the license at the same time. Also known as floating license.

Crossgrade

Crossgrade

Some vendors provide lower prices when moving internally to another vendor’s product. Prices should be similar to upgrade prices.

CUP(G)

Competitive Upgrade

Upgrade from a competing vendor’s product.

Edu

Educational

Educational licenses are meant for schools, universities and high schools. Some educational licenses are only for staff, while others can also be bought by students, and some manufacturers offer specific licenses for students. Terms vary per vendor. See also Acad.

EN

English

Software is in English.

Ent.

Enterprise

Enterprise edition of a product

ESD

Electronic Software Delivery

Delivery method is electronic, usually an email with license key/info and URL or instructions on how to obtain the installation media.

FI

Finnish

Software is localized to Finnish.

Floating

Floating

Floating license is also known as a concurrent license. This license model usually requires license server which counts how many users are using the software simultaneously at any moment.

FS

Full System

See Full

Full

Full

Full Product is a package with the product license and installation media. You do not require any older licenses to buy full licenses (compared to an upgrade).

Gov

Goverment

Government licenses are meant for government organizations like states, munipalicities, cities etc.

Style or font

Style

When choosing fonts, you have to choose the different styles of the font you’ll need. Most common styles include e.g. italic, bold, bold italic and regular. There are various styles per font and font family. Check carefully that you have ordered all the styles you will need!

Lic.

License

License is typically a paper license or an electronic file like email or PDF. It can also be access to a web based software. In addition to the license, you need the installation media which can be on DVD or, more commonly nowadays, a downloadable resource (i.e. download link).

Maint.

Maintenance

Maintenance will give you all new product versions (version and minor updates) including hotfixes for the duration of the maintenance period.

Migration

Migration

Moving from one license model to another inside same vendor’s licenses, e.g. from a concurrent license to a named-user license. Similar to Crossgrade or Cupg.

Pack

Pack

Multiple licenses in one license pack, e.g. 5-user pack, 5-pack. Price is usually per license.

PKC

Product Key Code

A physical paper/document with the license or activation key for a product. Does not include installation media.

Pro

Professional

Professional edition of a product

Renewal

Renewal

Maintenance, Support or Subscription extensions. Excample 1-Year Renewal

SA

Software Assurance

See Maint.

SMB

Small Business

License for small businesses, terms vary per vendor

Src.

Source

Application, component or other source code

Srv

Server

Physical or virtual server product or license

Std

Standard

Standard edition of a product

Student

Student

Student licenses are full licenses, but they might have some restrictions, e.g. not for commercial use. Be also prepared to provide proof of your status as a student (copy of student ID or similar).

subs. or subscription

Subscription

Subscription license is typically valid for 1, 2 or 3 years. Other time periods are also possible. May also include cloud based management.

Sup.

Support

Manufacturers’ or Vendors’ own support service agreement. Often includes also maintenance.

Upg

Upgrade

Upgrade license, requires that you have a suitable license code from an older version. Depending on the manufacturer, you might be able to only upgrade from max. two previous versions, or older.

Updated: 13.12.2018.