Shared Computer Activation (SCA) Program

SCA is a product activation mode that allows multiple Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (formerly Office 365 ProPlus) users to share the same hardware. Office 365 is licensed per user, so SCA helps ensure that users accessing Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise are licensed appropriately. Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise and all Office 365 suites that include Office 365 ProPlus are eligible for the SCA Program. Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium are NOT eligible.

Shared Computer Activation (SCA) FAQs

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

Shared Computer Activation mode works with enterprise versions of Office 365 (ProPlus and E3).

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

Customers are able to make a deployment choice between on-premises and any authorized Service Providers’ shared datacenter to help lower cloud infrastructure costs by letting Apps4Rent use your existing Office 365 ProPlus licenses.

You can work with Apps4Rent to take advantage of SCA for Office 365 ProPlus. Apps4Rent is an approved SCA for Office 365 ProPlus Program provider, allowing us to deploy your eligible Office 365 ProPlus licenses to your chosen cloud infrastructure solution.

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