What is Shared Computer Activation (SCA) for Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365?

Shared Computer Activation (SCA) is a product activation mode that allows multiple Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365 users to share the same hardware. Office 365 is licensed per user, so SCA helps ensure that users accessing Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365 are licensed appropriately. With this mode, Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365 natively support RDS scenarios and it is no longer necessary to install MSI software as a workaround. SCA can be enabled in the following deployment scenarios:

  • Customer dedicated self-hosted (on-premise)
  • Windows Azure environment
  • Dedicated third-party hosted
Multi-tenant third-party hosted scenarios are now permitted for shared computer activation (SCA) through qualified cloud partners that meet certain criteria.

What Office versions support Shared Computer Activation?

Shared Computer Activation mode works with Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365. All Office 365 plans that include Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, or Visio Pro for Office 365 are able to use Shared Computer Activation.

Benefits of Shared Computer Activation for Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365

The main outcome of SCA for Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365 is that it gives customers choice and flexibility. SCA allows customers to take advantage of existing Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365 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 vGRID use your existing Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365 licenses. You can work with vGRID to take advantage of SCA for Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365. LayerX Cloud Limited (vGRID) is an Authorized SCA Partner, allowing us to deploy Office 365 ProPlus, Project Online Professional, and Visio Pro for Office 365 licenses to your chosen cloud infrastructure solution.

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