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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Large pizza maker reduces costs, complexity with new streamlined licensing agreement

    Pizza may not have changed much in the past 30 years, but the pizza business has. Hunt Brothers Pizza , 450-employees strong and one of the most popular store-based US pizza brands, prioritizes technology to stay ahead in its rapidly evolving industry. Chris Dorris, Information Technology Manager at...
  • Blog Post: COMPAREX France adopts Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) to gain new customers and improve licensing experience

    To grow their business as trusted technology solution providers, COMPAREX , the Microsoft 2015 Volume Licensing Partner of the Year, recognized it was important to enable customers to bring their worldwide offices and departments under the same licensing agreement, regardless of their location. Additionally...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Product Terms: fewer steps and one location to improve customer experience

    To improve customers’ volume licensing experience, Microsoft today announces Product Terms which consolidates and replaces two previously independent documents - the Product Use Rights (PUR) and the Product List (PL). Together with the program agreement, Product Terms contains all the terms and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Embrace the cloud now with Microsoft Payment Solutions

    If your business is waiting for the right time to move to the cloud, stop waiting — the time is now. Companies have more reasons than ever to look to Microsoft cloud solutions for their business and IT needs, with productivity solutions services such as Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM...
  • Blog Post: Embracing cloud computing through Microsoft Volume Licensing Innovations

    By Richard Smith General Manager, Microsoft World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP) Richard is responsible for the design and maintenance of our current and new Volume Licensing Programs plus the Marketing and Readiness for Microsoft's Licensing & Pricing. This is the second in a series of...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Services Supported by Licensing Transformation

    Posted by, Mark Croft Director, WWLP Business Marketing Group, Microsoft Often the hyperbole surrounding a hot topic ends up eclipsing the details that provide clarity on the topic itself. “Migration to the cloud” has become such a phrase, and is frequently batted around within the IT...
  • Blog Post: WWLP Is Listening: Advisory Board Brings the Voice of the Customer to Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Programs

    The adoption of cloud services and virtualization may add layers of complexity to product licensing; therefore, customers must be become even more diligent with volume licensing practices. To better understand the challenges and opportunities that customers are facing, Microsoft (WWLP) has established...
  • Blog Post: Top Five Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog Posts – January to March 2013

    Looking for more information from Microsoft on licensing for the Consumerization of IT , Microsoft’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) , or are you an IT or procurement professional looking to get Microsoft training ? We’ve rounded up our five most viewed Microsoft Volume Licensing blog...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the New Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog

    Posted by Joe Matz Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Licensing and Pricing, Microsoft Acquiring software licenses for multiple users and systems at once within an organization makes it easier and more affordable. In short, that’s volume licensing, and this blog is dedicated to discussing...
  • Blog Post: New MAP Toolkit 6.5 Simplifies Cloud Migration More Than Ever

    Earlier this year, we shared how the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.0 can simplify cloud migration planning. Now the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team has made the MAP Toolkit 6.5 available for download . The new capabilities in the MAP Toolkit 6.5 will help organizations make...
  • Blog Post: System Center Advisor Now Available to Software Assurance Customers

    Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of the new System Center Advisor (formerly Microsoft codename ‘Atlanta’) as part of the innumerable benefits available through Software Assurance (SA). System Center Advisor is a cloud service hosted on Windows Azure that enables IT Professionals...
  • Blog Post: Simpler Licensing Options to Give Customers Better Access to Cloud Solutions

    Industry analysts forecast the continued ascension of cloud infrastructure technology as a key market driver for the foreseeable future. For example, IDC’s 3 rd Platform describes a vast array of always-connected smart mobile devices and pervasive use of social networking layered over a cloud-based...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Volume Licensing 2011 Year in Review

    Since launching the Microsoft Volume Licensing blog in May, we have enjoyed sharing our news and highlights with our readers and are looking forward to more great things to come in 2012. It’s been a busy year for the Microsoft Volume Licensing team and we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some...
  • Blog Post: Software Assurance Can Help You Move to Office 365

    With so much interest in the Cloud we continue to receive questions about how one can best leverage the benefits of the Software Assurance (SA) program as it relates to Office 365. So we wanted to share with you the essentials for maximizing the value of SA as it pertains to helping you move to Office...
  • Blog Post: More Insight Regarding Addition of License Mobility to Software Assurance

    In an recent email Q&A conversation, the WHIR's Editor in Chief, Liam Eagle, speaks with Microsoft’s senior director for the server and tools business, Steve Martin, regarding the License Mobility changes, including how some of the changes could result in new business opportunities for service...
  • Blog Post: Simplify Cloud Migration Planning with MAP 6.0

    Bringing cloud computing into your organization is often a gradual process; understanding one’s technology position is key to crafting a transition plan that works for your organization. The Solution Accelerator Team has a range of tools that can help in this regard and they introduced the latest...
  • Blog Post: Expansion of Software Assurance Enriches Partner/Customer Engagement

    One of the most compelling aspects of the Enterprise Agreement (EA) has been the support benefits provided to help customers plan, deploy and use Microsoft technologies through the Software Assurance (SA) program. As WWLP, Corporate Vice President Joe Matz mentions in this video , Microsoft has almost...
  • Blog Post: The Inauguration of Volume Licensing at TechEd North America

    On Wednesday, May 18 th the Microsoft Volume Licensing team hosted an interactive session for TechEd North America attendees. This is a departure from the classic technical sessions that make up the majority of sessions at TechEd. The session was included in response to attendees requesting volume...
  • Blog Post: Webinar a must-see for Enterprise Agreement customers considering Office365

    One of the great benefits of the 2011 Enterprise Agreement (EA) is the flexibility it provides enterprise customers, enabling them to procure and manage a mix of both software and cloud services products within a single agreement all the while adding cloud services at their preferred pace. For those...
  • Blog Post: Top Five Microsoft Volume Licensing (@Msft_VL) Tweets – January to March 2013

    Are you looking for information on licensing for virtual desktop infrastructure or the cloud, Microsoft License Advisors, or reference guides for Microsoft volume licensing programs? Check out the five most buzzworthy tweets from January to March 2013 from our Twitter handle, @Msft_VL . Each of the tweets...