Licensing How To: Prepare for Select Plus retirement

In July of 2014, we announced the plan to phase out Select Plus for commercial customers due to the world-wide availability of the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). As of last month, Select Plus is officially no longer available for new commercial agreements in the 95% of major markets where MPSA is offered. The…

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MPSA expands to Public Sector and 67 additional countries

By Richard Smith General Manager, Microsoft World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP) Today I am pleased to announce another key milestone in our licensing transformation. For the first time, we can now welcome our government and academic customers to purchase and manage Software, Online Services, and Software Assurance through the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement…

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The Enterprise Cloud Suite launches December 1, offering simplified, user-based cloud licensing

Today’s technology trends are transforming how our customers work.  Most employees bring some level of technology into the workplace, and many use three or more devices to work anywhere.  So our customers want a consistent productivity experience on any device, and on any operating system.  To meet this need we are pleased to offer the…

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Software Assurance Now Available through MPSA

Today Software Assurance (SA) with simplified benefits management, a major milestone we originally announced at WPC, is officially available through the Microsoft Product and Services Agreement (MPSA). The MPSA significantly improves volume licensing, making it easier for customers to buy online services and software in a single foundational agreement. Including SA with MPSA provides these…

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MPSA Adds Software Assurance

Phased Retirement for Select Plus on the Horizon By Richard SmithGeneral Manager, Microsoft World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP) In past updates (November and March) I shared how we’re transforming volume licensing, making it easier for customers to buy online services and software in a single foundational agreement called the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement…

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New Look for Software Assurance Website – Discoverability Main Focus

The most popular New Year's resolution?? Yup, you guessed it – drop a few pounds and streamline that waistline.  Well, websites often "bulk up" over time and can use a good cleanse too. There’s nothing more infuriating than poking around a website and it taking too long to find what you’re looking for or discovering…

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2013’s Top Five Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog Posts

Hungry for more information from Microsoft on Software Assurance, licensing for virtual environments, Software Asset Management, or Volume Licensing updates? We’ve rounded up 2013’s five most viewed Microsoft Volume Licensing blog posts, which cover these topics and more. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @Msft_VL  for daily updates and subscribe to our official blog…

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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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Licensing How To: Maximize Your Software Assurance Benefits in Open License

Summary:  Software Assurance coverage is tied to the authorization number so when you purchase makes a difference to maximizing the length of your benefit.  In this Licensing How To post, we cover the rules and recommendations for purchasing Software Assurance on an Open License Program.  Understanding how the program works and how it affects Software…

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Microsoft Reader Mailbag: Three Questions on Licensing Windows and Office

A Microsoft Volume Licensing Expert Answers your Burning Questions on Licensing Windows and Office. From time to time we ask UK-based licensing consultant and trainer, Louise Ulrick, to answer frequently asked questions on licensing. Here, she’s provided context for three scenarios on how to license Windows and Office to accommodate a changing business. Whether it’s…

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