Announcing Enterprise Cloud Suite and Multi-year durations on MPSA

Today, Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) and multi-year subscriptions with price protection for many online services, two significant enhancements we announced at WPC, are available through the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). The MPSA brings increased flexibility in purchasing and with ECS joining Azure, Windows, Office 365, and CRM Online, the best online services and…

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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 gets even better, major cloud-focused enhancements are here

By Richard Smith General Manager, Microsoft World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP) This morning at the Worldwide Partner Conference, I announced a major milestone in our licensing transformation: Microsoft Azure, Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS), Pay-as-you-go and multi-year durations are coming to the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). These additions increase flexibility in purchasing and…

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MSDN and Visual Studio available on the MPSA

On July 1st, MSDN with Visual Studio became available for order on the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). This addition enables a more native and improved experience of MSDN subscription management while removing a major obstacle for our customers wishing to move to the MPSA in light of the Select Plus retirement. What this…

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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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Simplification comes to Office 365 activation

We’ve blogged frequently about simplification initiatives in volume licensing such as our new Online Services Terms, and the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement.   Here’s the latest in our ongoing commitment to simplify how customers acquire, manage and use our products.  As of November 17, it is easier to activate Office 365 subscriptions purchased via Open…

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Announcing phased plan to retire Select Plus due to world-wide MPSA availability

Based on the successful adoption of the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) since its initial introduction in December 2013, plus the planned world-wide expansion by mid-2015, Microsoft is taking a significant step to simplify licensing by retiring Select Plus for commercial customers in a phased approach over the next 3 years. Following this initial…

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Congratulations to Brasoftware, Microsoft’s 2014 Volume Licensing Partner of the Year

This year, we are pleased to congratulate Brasoftware, on winning the 2014 Microsoft Volume Licensing Partner of the Year Award, which recognizes partners who consistently seek to innovate with their Volume Licensing solutions and services, and provide ongoing attention to customer service excellence.  Brasoftware is a Gold Certified software reseller and solutions integrator of Microsoft…

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Case studies: Partners and customers benefit from the MPSA

The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) is the foundation for the next generation of Microsoft Volume Licensing initiative, an end to end transformation of Volume Licensing that delivers an improved agreement structure, a more flexible and easy purchasing platform, and new systems and tools for all organizations that want to purchase Microsoft product licenses…

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Key Software Licensing Considerations for Next-Generation Enterprise Environments

We recently finalized a commissioned Q&A with Amy Konary, IDC’s Vice President of Research on Software Licensing & Pricing. We asked Amy for her expert opinion about the key elements companies should consider to properly align the benefits of cloud based services with the associated licensing agreements.   Ultimately, IDC’s recommendation is “that IT buyers…

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