Licensing Logic: Short term subscriptions

You now have the option to license a range of cloud services on a short-term basis for less than 12 months. This short-term option is available for customers through an MPSA (Microsoft Products and Services Agreement), the evolution of Microsoft’s Volume Licensing (VL) programs. Here’s what you need to know.

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Licensing Logic: What’s new in the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement?

Written by David Cattanach on September 20th, 2015 MPSA, the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement is the evolution of Microsoft’s Volume Licensing (VL) programs. It has been maturing and developing steadily since introduction in late 2013. Where does MPSA fit in? Figure 1 below gives a high-level representation of where MPSA sits within the current VL agreement…

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Windows 10 Licensing Logic

Written by David Cattanach on July 13th 2015 Is Windows 10 going to be free? Will Windows 10 be the last ever version? Will 2015 be a great summer? Well, let’s tackle the second question here. Never Pay for Windows Again for the Same Device (Home and Pro editions) Currently, you might buy a PC…

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Office 365 Deployment and Software Assurance Benefits.

Part of the Microsoft Licensing Logic series from the Microsoft Licensing team.  Software Assurance benefits are often misunderstood and underutilised by Microsoft customers and partners. If we were playing Family Fortunes and 100 people were asked to name a Software Assurance benefit, the top answer on our survey board would be new version rights. However Software Assurance (SA)…


Licensing Logic: Select Plus Retirement

Part of the Microsoft Licensing Logic series from the Microsoft Licensing team.  Microsoft Select Plus was introduced in late 2008 to offer customers flexibility, better asset management and a way to balance growing technology needs with predictable costs when purchasing Microsoft software licences. Select Plus was for large organisations, above 250 PCs, with multiple affiliates that wanted…


Licensing Logic: The Enterprise Cloud Suite and Windows Per-User Licensing

Part of the  Microsoft Licensing Logic series from the Microsoft Licensing team.  Mobility is the new norm. Have you ever checked you email outside of the office? Got a bit of work done in an airport lounge or hotel business centre? If you’re what Microsoft describe as a knowledge worker, then of course you have. But…


Licensing Logic: Visual Studio 2013 Licensing

Part of the  Microsoft Licensing Logic series from the Microsoft Licensing team.  Visual Studio 2013 was released in October 2013 and remains Microsoft’s flagship application development suite. As there is so much more to VS 2013 than just a set of development tools, the licensing can be a little daunting. A good guide can be downloaded…

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Licensing Logic: Licensing SQL Server, Everything You Need to Know!

Part of the Microsoft Licensing Logic series from the Microsoft Licensing team. Just when you think Microsoft licensing is straightforward and you’ve got a pretty good grasp on it, along comes SQL Server which has historically been the exception to the licensing rules. However with SQL Server 2012 we did a great deal of simplification…


Licensing Logic: How do I license Microsoft Azure?

The third article of our Licensing Logic series brought to you from the Microsoft Licensing team, this time focusing on Azure. Microsoft Azure is a bit of an unsung hero in my opinion; it’s a $1 billion business for Microsoft and yet I’m still greeted by a lot of blank faces and frowns of uncertainty when…


Licensing Logic: What is SCE and how does it work?

Welcome to the second article from our ‘Licensing Logic’ series. A series of exclusive articles brought to you from the Microsoft Licensing team, specifically for our TechNet audience. This ones all around SCE, but what is that I hear you ask? SCE (pronounced ski) stands for Server and Cloud Enrolment. SCE is a new kid…

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