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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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: 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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Licensing Logic: What Am I Actually Getting by Licensing Office 365?

Welcome to the first in the series of ‘Licensing Logic’. A series of exclusive articles brought to you from the Microsoft Licensing team, specifically for our TechNet audience, Office 365 is a brand. But we have a challenge to overcome by using that name. Our challenge is that the Office name is so synonymous with Word, Excel, PowerPoint…

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Spruce Up your Data Centre

The summer holidays can generally be a quiet time for some IT Pros, depending on the industry you work in, so I wondered if this would be a good time for a bit of a tidy up in the data centre.  The easy bit of that is to actually tidy up the physical environment such…

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Licensing Windows Azure

By Vicky Lea The time has come again to put pen to paper, or should I say fingers to keyboard, and write my next blog entry, this time on Windows Azure and how it is licensed. Firstly let us take a quick look at what Windows Azure is. When we talk about Windows Azure we…

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Licensing Logic: What's the difference between OEM, Retail and Volume Licenses?

By Vicky Lea When it comes to purchasing licences there are a number of different channels that you can purchase through. These are FPP (Full Packaged Product), OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and Volume Licensing. So what are the key differences between the channels, and what impact do they have on your licensing rights? Because it…

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – What are the licensing implications?

  For those of you who were lucky enough to join is in sunny Southampton for the Windows 8 IT Pro camp last week, you would have had the opportunity to speak to our licensing guru Vicky Lea. The main focus was on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and what are the licensing implications. PCs in organisations…

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