Activation of OEM edition of Microsoft® Office 2010
How is the activation of OEM edition of Microsoft Office 2010 done? Mention its features and benefits.
In order to continue using all the features of your Microsoft Office 2010, you need to activate the product. The Microsoft Product Activation is a Microsoft anti-piracy technology that verifies whether the software products are legitimately licensed. The activation is a process that verifies the Product Key, which you must supply to install the product, which is in use on computers permitted by the software license. You can use the product during the grace period. This is the time period before you enter the valid Product Key; you are allowed to run the software for 30 days, this is the grace period. During the grace period, certain programs or features may be enabled that are not included in the product you have purchased. When you enter a valid Product Key, you would see only the programs and features that you have purchased. When the grace period is over and if you have not entered a valid Product Key, the software goes into a Reduced Functionality mode. In the Reduced Functionality mode, your software behaves similar to a viewer. You won’t be allowed to save modifications to documents or create new documents, and the functionality might be reduced. In order to continue using the product, you need to activate it.
The activation of the OEM edition of Microsoft Office 2010 and its features and benefits are:
- With Key Management Service
- With the Multiple Activation Key
- Features and benefits
With Key Management Service
The Key management service helps in the product activations on the local network. This helps in eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft for product activation. This is a lightweight service that does not require a dedicated system and can easily be co-hosted on a system that provides other services. A computer is needed to be configured as a KMS host. Key management host contains a customer-specific volume license key for each product to be activated and connects one time to Microsoft hosted servers for activation. Computers which are running on the Windows Server 2003, Volume License editions of Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems can be configured as the Microsoft Office 2010 Key management service hosts.
With the Multiple Activation Key
A unique Multiple activation key is given to an organization for each Volume License edition of the Microsoft Office 2010. Each system must then activate one time with Microsoft hosted activation services. Associated with every single key is a count of the number of activations. To enable the working of Multiple activation key, a MAK key must be installed instead of the default key management client key that is used in Volume License editions of Microsoft Office 2010. There are two ways to activate computers by using the multiple activation key. The first method is multiple activation key independent which requires each computer to independently connect and activate with Microsoft, either over the Internet or by telephone.
The OEM activation provides the most efficient activation to your Microsoft Office 2010. The OEM editions are comparatively cheaper than the retail version. The activation process is much more secure and easier. Multiple activation key is much appropriate for organizations with computers that are not connected to the corporate network for long periods of time, such as portable computers.
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