Unlike non-subscription version of Office 2010, subscription flavors of the productivity suite require not only the initial activation, but also subsequent reactivations for the entire duration of the license.

Microsoft will be offering Office Professional Plus 2010 as a part of its Cloud productivity offering Office 365, and in tune with the service-based approach, the Office 2010 variant will only be available to customers as long as they pay the company a subscription.

“During the installation process, Office Professional Plus will automatically check the licensing and activate the product,” Microsoft informed.

“The license assigned to Office Professional Plus subscribers is valid for 30 days. The Office Subscription Agent evaluates the subscription once a month. If the subscription is still valid, the product is reactivated for another 30 days.” More »

Microsoft is offering a range of free resources, from Solution Accelerators to volume activation tools in order to simplify the adoption of its latest technologies, including Windows 7 and Office 2010, especially as far as business customers are concerned. One particular offering from the Redmond company is the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0, which enables IT Professionals to centrally manage Windows 7 activations. Of course, the tool is by no means limited to the latest iteration of the Windows client.

“VAMT 2.0 also manages activations for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Office 2010 client suites and applications, Visio 2010 and Project 2010,” Microsoft’s Jodi Kogan revealed. “You can perform KMS, MAK and retail activations on remotely managed systems, all from a single VAMT console. The process is simple; VAMT first discovers the computers and installed products. Then, the product key is installed for the target systems to be activated.” More »

With the latest versions of Microsoft’s cash cows available to volume license customers, a new version of the tool allowing for the administration of volume activation is currently available for download. The Volume Activation Management Tool has made it all the way to version 2.0, and is now tailored not only to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, but also to the recently released to manufacturing Office 2010. VAMT 2.0 is designed to allow IT professionals to centrally manage volume activation, as well as automate repetitive tasks. Of course, VAMT 2.0 needs to be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Management Console.

Unlike home users, businesses have the option to buy not only the retail version of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Office 2010 RTM, but also the volume versions, which differ in terms of activation. More »