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CIO alert: Five new Microsoft licensing tweaks

Shane O'Neill | July 15, 2010
As if Microsoft software licensing schemes weren't complex enough, the brain trust in Redmond has cooked up changes to keep up with growing trends such as mobility and virtualization.

Yet Microsoft is bound to be flexible on its SA policy as it is tries to preserve $10 billion a year in revenue from Office, according to Forrester. IT buyers negotiating an Office 2010 purchase should not forsake SA completely, rather they should push Microsoft reps to bring down the price to where it makes financial sense.

New Licensing Options for Virtualized, Mobile Office Deployments

Microsoft's traditional definition of Office license "per device" has had to change with the times, as smartphones, thin clients and virtualization drive deeper into the corporate network. For instance, workers now access Office files using application streaming or virtualization technologies.

This has led Microsoft to clarify its SA policies. Starting on July 1, 2010, users of a PC with an Office license has rights to Office 2010 Web Apps from PCs or external devices, although companies will need to host the Office Web Apps on either SharePoint Server 2010 or SharePoint Foundation Server 2010.


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