September, 2013

  • Licensing How To: Knowing which Product Use Rights to use

    Summary: Microsoft publishes the Product Use Rights, commonly known as the PUR, on a quarterly basis. Because the use rights and license terms change, knowing which PUR to use when evaluating a licensing model, contemplating a purchase or downgrade, and evaluating compliance is important.  In this Licensing How To post, we cover the concept of knowing which PUR applies, or which Product Use Rights document you should be using, and when you should be using it.

    The Licensing How To series posts are provided by our Customer Service Presales and Licensing team members.  These scenario based licensing topics are written on trending topics and issues based on their interactions with customers, Partners and field sellers.  For more posts from the Licensing How To series, search the “Licensing How To” tag on this blog. 

    When you purchase a license through a Microsoft Volume Licensing program, the terms and conditions, or how you can use the license is primarily defined in the Product Use Rights (PUR).  The Product Use Rights is a legally binding document that you agree to follow as outlined in the Agreement you sign.

  • Microsoft Donates Office 365 Licenses to Nonprofits Worldwide

    This morning Microsoft announced it is donating Office 365 licenses to nonprofits worldwide as part of its ongoing software donation program, Technology for Good. The program will benefit nonprofits of all sizes with no cap on the number of licenses starting in 41 countries and increasing up to 90 by July.

    Through the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA), Office 365 delivers tools for businesses to easily work together. With Technology for Good, nonprofits can enjoy the same productivity gains through Office 365, such as sharing documents without worrying about version control and holding group meetings with high-definition video conferencing.

     

  • Licensing How To: SkyDrive Pro Licensing

    Summary:  SkyDrive Pro, a feature of SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online, is an offering similar to our personal cloud storage service SkyDrive, but optimized for business and managed by your organization.  In this Licensing How To post, we cover the licensing basics of SkyDrive Pro including how to buy and license it. 

    The Licensing How To series posts are provided by our Customer Service Presales and Licensing team members.  These scenario based licensing topics are written on trending topics and issues based on their interactions with customers, Partners and field sellers.  For more posts from the Licensing How To series, search the “Licensing How To” tag on this blog.

     

    In addition to a simplified licensing model, one of the new features of SharePoint 2013 that our team gets more licensing questions on than others, is SkyDrive Pro.  The three most common questions for SkyDrive Pro are:

    1. How to buy SkyDrive Pro?
    2. How is SkyDrive Pro licensed?
    3. How to get the SkyDrive Pro client?
  • Simpler Licensing Accelerates EA Customers to the Cloud

    Organizations continue to seek out solutions to enable workers anytime, anywhere access to the latest productivity applications. In parallel, Microsoft continues to enhance licensing options to keep pace with the rapidly changing customer needs as far as how they consume software and services accessible across multiple devices.

    A recent example of this is the introduction of the new Office 365 Add-ons for the Enterprise Agreement (EA) which make it easier than ever to license users for Office 365, further enabling organizations to utilize productivity services in the cloud, at their own pace. More importantly, the licensing provides organizations with the flexibility they require at a great price.