December, 2012

  • Microsoft Volume Licensing Mail Bag: Three Questions on Software Asset Management (SAM)

    A Microsoft Volume Licensing Expert Answers your Burning Questions on Microsoft Software Asset Management (SAM)

    Implementing a software asset management (SAM) program can be beneficial. This is especially true if your organization struggles to keep track of any of its software or licenses, or if you have many different computers and devices to inventory.

    Heather Young, Global Director, SAM Programs at Microsoft, has answered three questions below on SAM that you may find useful. Specifically, her answers provide information about SAM Services, choosing a SAM partner and the common need to reconcile assets after acquisitions. Her answers include information on licensing as it relates to SAM.

  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Now Available

    Our friends on the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit team are pleased to announce that MAP Toolkit 8.0 is now available for download. This follows our November 2012 blog post on its beta availability: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Beta Now Available. The MAP Toolkit 8.0 download link is here.

    You can accelerate your Windows Server 2012 migration with MAP Toolkit 8.0. This latest version of MAP adds new scenarios to help plan your environment with agility and focus while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Included in MAP 8.0 are hardware and infrastructure readiness assessments to assist you in planning the deployment of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, preparing your migration to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, readying your environment for Office 2013 and Office 365, and tracking your usage of Lync.

  • Nine Key Updates in the Microsoft Volume Licensing Agreement Refresh 2012

    The Microsoft Volume Licensing team recently completed its annual agreement refresh with the goal of improving overall partner and customer satisfaction. These changes help support business and product evolution, help clarify language, and align and simplify agreements. Outlined below are the key refresh highlights in 2012, which include Enterprise Programs, Open License and Open Value, Academic Open, Open Value Subscription Education Solution Agreement (OVS-ES) and Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES).