What is Shared Computer Activation (SCA) for Office 365?


In September 2014, Microsoft enabled Shared Computer Activation (SCA) mode in Office 365 so that multiple Office 365 users can share the same hardware in the following three scenarios:

1. Customer dedicated self-hosted (on-premise)
2. Dedicated third-party hosted
3. Windows Azure environment



What Office versions support Shared Computer Activation?

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



Benefits of Shared Computer Activation for Office 365

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

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

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