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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 and services. The MPSA is recommended for customers purchasing 250 or more licenses of online services and/or software and who do not qualify for an Enterprise Agreement. Each day partners and customers are realizing the benefits of an upgraded licensing experience delivered through the MPSA. Below are a couple of examples. If you're interested in learning more be sure to explore the MPSA pages on the licensing website as well as viewing this additional video.
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 delivers mission-critical performance and introduces new in-memory capabilities built-in to the core database for OLTP and Data Warehousing, which complements the existing in-memory capabilities for the most comprehensive in-memory database solution in market. SQL Server 2014 also comes with a few licensing related updates and in this Licensing How To post, we cover the two key licensing changes for SQL Server 2014.
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 consider the ability of the vendor to support a range of licensing and deployment options across its breadth of products.”
The Microsoft licensing vehicle which best delivers on what are frequently hybrid scenarios is the relatively new Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE); a new enrollment under the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement that offers the best pricing for customers who make an installed, base-wide commitment to one or more of Microsoft’s server and cloud technologies, with automatic access to Windows Azure and simplified licensing management. You can read more about the SCE in a previous blog post which includes numerous links to additional resources.
As part of the larger licensing document simplification effort we have redesigned the Volume Licensing Product List to improve the ability of customers to read, understand, and act upon our licensing. Much attention has been given to eliminating redundant and non-legal content; centralizing and enhancing product specific content; organizing the content for easier discovery and navigation. As a result, the redesign process has reduced the size of the document by more than 50% making it more manageable to understand.
New customer needs surface regularly and where possible Microsoft adjusts licensing policies to enable new and desirable scenarios. A good example of this is the April 1st change to align Volume Licensing programs across Windows Embedded (Industry) and Windows Client, which will facilitate the flexibility enterprise customers are seeking to build intelligent systems powered by the best Microsoft platform for the job.
Why the update?
Looking across the marketplace, we see significant and rapidly growing interest to deploy industry specific intelligent systems and industry devices on Microsoft technologies. Windows Embedded (Industry), the latest product in the Windows Embedded family, brings all the capabilities of Windows 8.1, plus the functionality needed to enable industry scenarios. This industry application oriented OS plays an important role in retail, health, manufacturing and financial services.