New Version Rights with Software Assurance Explained

Summary: A common question we get, especially as excitement builds for the launch of a new version of a product is, “I have active Software Assurance (SA) coverage on my licenses and a new version is going to be released.  If my SA expires, or is about to expire, do I have rights to this…

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So You Signed Your Enterprise Agreement…Now What?

Leveraging Software Assurance and Other Microsoft Licensing Benefits to Improve your IT Environment Transitions are at the core of many IT organizations considerations as they evaluate technology deployments and determine their future technology mix. A central tenant of the Enterprise Agreement (EA) is to offer the flexibility needed to accommodate a range of deployment choices,…

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Subscription or Perpetual? A Scouting Report for 2012 and Beyond

 Guest Post by: Amy Konary, IDCResearch Vice PresidentSoftware Licensing & Provisioning Having options is a good thing, but sometimes choice can be a bit daunting. Fifteen years ago, the perpetual license model was the only way that you could buy most business software. Subscription models started to become more prevalent in the software industry 10 years…

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Volume Licensing Blog Interviews Partners at WPC

Last week the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) occurred in Toronto, Canada.  During the conference we were glad to catch up with a few partners to discuss a range of topics spanning overall impressions of the keynotes, license mobility through Software Assurance, adoption of cloud technologies, how recent licensing updates are facilitating that adoption as…

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Microsoft Volume Licensing 2011 Year in Review

Since launching the Microsoft Volume Licensing blog in May, we have enjoyed sharing our news and highlights with our readers and are looking forward to more great things to come in 2012. It’s been a busy year for the Microsoft Volume Licensing team and we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of…

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Expansion of Software Assurance Enriches Partner/Customer Engagement

One of the most compelling aspects of the Enterprise Agreement (EA) has been the support benefits provided to help customers plan, deploy and use Microsoft technologies through the Software Assurance (SA) program. As WWLP, Corporate Vice President Joe Matz mentions in this video, Microsoft has almost doubled the value delivered to customers through SA making…

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Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement is Cloud Ready

Posted by Jason KapGeneral Manager, Worldwide Licensing and Pricing, Microsoft Now that we’re well into 2011 and kicking off Microsoft’s new 2012 fiscal year with the Worldwide Partner Conference, we continue to hear that for many companies, this is the year they’ve resolved to move some or all of their applications to the cloud. As…

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Watch CVP Joe Matz Describe How Volume Licensing Enables Customers and Partners to Become Cloud Ready

Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Worldwide Licensing and Pricing Group, Joe Matz, sat down recently to share Microsoft’s perspective for how Volume Licensing is enabling customers and partners to become cloud ready. Recent changes to the Enterprise Agreement and Software Assurance provide the flexibility, manageability and cost-effectiveness to create the right licensing solution to…

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More Insight Regarding Addition of License Mobility to Software Assurance

In an recent email Q&A conversation, the WHIR’s Editor in Chief, Liam Eagle, speaks with Microsoft’s senior director for the server and tools business, Steve Martin, regarding the License Mobility changes, including how some of the changes could result in new business opportunities for service providers. As stated by Liam, “Designed in large part as a…

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