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Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog
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...
28 Aug 2015
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...
2 Mar 2015
The Enterprise Cloud Suite launches December 1, offering simplified, user-based cloud licensing
Today’s technology trends are transforming how our customers work. Most employees bring some level of technology into the workplace, and many use three or more devices to work anywhere. So our customers want a consistent productivity experience on any device, and on any operating system. To...
1 Dec 2014
Software Assurance Now Available through MPSA
Today Software Assurance (SA) with simplified benefits management, a major milestone we originally announced at WPC , is officially available through the Microsoft Product and Services Agreement (MPSA) . The MPSA significantly improves volume licensing, making it easier for customers to buy online services...
2 Sep 2014
MPSA Adds Software Assurance
Phased Retirement for Select Plus on the Horizon By Richard Smith General Manager, Microsoft World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP) In past updates ( November and March) I shared how we’re transforming volume licensing, making it easier for customers to buy online services and software...
16 Jul 2014
New Look for Software Assurance Website - Discoverability Main Focus
The most popular New Year's resolution?? Yup, you guessed it - drop a few pounds and streamline that waistline. Well, websites often "bulk up" over time and can use a good cleanse too. There’s nothing more infuriating than poking around a website and it taking too long to find what...
17 Jan 2014
2013’s Top Five Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog Posts
Hungry for more information from Microsoft on Software Assurance , licensing for virtual environments , Software Asset Management , or Volume Licensing updates? We’ve rounded up 2013’s five most viewed Microsoft Volume Licensing blog posts, which cover these topics and more. Be sure to follow...
30 Dec 2013
Making the Most of Software Assurance Benefits: Longstanding Benefits
This is article three of four in a series of blog posts describing the many benefits of Software Assurance Following on our previous article about Software Assurance (SA), which described how SA can support customers considering migrating some or all of their applications to the cloud, we thought...
1 Feb 2012
Listening for What’s Next: EuroCIO, Microsoft Business User Forum Exchange Ideas With Microsoft Licensing Leaders
As part of regular and ongoing customer engagement, Microsoft Worldwide Licensing and Pricing (WWLP) executives, Joe Matz, Microsoft corporate vice president ( second from left ), and Richard Smith, general manager of business marketing ( at right ), headed over to Hanover, Germany, to meet with chief...
14 May 2011
Coming Soon! A New and Improved Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC)
During the month of August, the Volume Licensing team will be rolling out updates and improvements to VLSC. The changes take into account feedback gathered online and through interviews with partners plus more than 1,000 users worldwide. We plan to significantly improve and streamline product downloads...
29 Jul 2011
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...
13 Jul 2011
Microsoft Reader Mailbag: Three Questions on Licensing Windows and Office
A Microsoft Volume Licensing Expert Answers your Burning Questions on Licensing Windows and Office. From time to time we ask UK-based licensing consultant and trainer, Louise Ulrick, to answer frequently asked questions on licensing. Here, she’s provided context for three scenarios on how to...
5 Oct 2013
Making the Most of Software Assurance: Spread Payments
This is article four of a four part series of blog posts describing the many benefits of Software Assurance. Following on our previous article about Software Assurance (SA), which described Microsoft’s more traditional SA benefits, we thought it would be a good timing to highlight one of the...
16 May 2012
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...
27 Jun 2011
So You Signed Your Enterprise Agreement…Now What?
Leveraging Software Assurance and Other Microsoft Licensing Benefits to Improve your IT Environment Transitions are at the core of many IT organizations considerations as they evaluate technology deployments and determine their future technology mix. A central tenant of the Enterprise Agreement (EA...
11 Sep 2012
How Volume Licensing Innovations Enable a “Work on Your Own Device” World
By Richard Smith, General Manager in World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP) Richard is responsible for the design, marketing and training of our current and new Volume Licensing Programs. This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about how Microsoft’s licensing is evolving to enable...
15 Aug 2013
Watch CVP Joe Matz Describe How Volume Licensing Enables Customers and Partners to Become Cloud Ready
Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Worldwide Licensing and Pricing Group, Joe Matz, sat down recently to share Microsoft's perspective for how Volume Licensing is enabling customers and partners to become cloud ready. Recent changes to the Enterprise Agreement and Software Assurance provide...
12 Jul 2011
Licensing How To: Maximize Your Software Assurance Benefits in Open License
Summary: Software Assurance coverage is tied to the authorization number so when you purchase makes a difference to maximizing the length of your benefit. In this Licensing How To post, we cover the rules and recommendations for purchasing Software Assurance on an Open License Program. Understanding...
25 Oct 2013
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Takes Advantage of the Enterprise Agreement’s Flexibility
Creating a cost-effective IT plan for the largest civilian cabinet-level agency in the U.S. Federal Government is no easy task. That’s why the VA turned to Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement (EA) to gain access to current and emerging technologies that will help meet the agency’s goal...
13 Jul 2012
2012’s Top Five Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog Posts
Looking for more information from Microsoft on Software Assurance , licensing for virtual environments , Software Asset Management , the Enterprise Agreement or the Microsoft Services Agreement ? We’ve rounded up five of 2012’s most viewed Microsoft Volume Licensing blog posts, which cover...
4 Jan 2013
Embracing Advantages of Consumerization of IT Through Microsoft Volume Licensing Innovations
by Richard Smit h General Manager in 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 first in a series of blog posts...
28 Feb 2013
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...
17 May 2011
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...
4 Sep 2013
How Volume Licensing Innovations enable a “Work Anywhere on any Device” World
By Richard Smith, General Manager in World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP) Richard is responsible for the design, marketing and training of our current and new Volume Licensing Programs. This is the third in a series of blog posts about how Microsoft’s licensing is evolving to enable...
15 May 2013
2012’s Top Five Microsoft Volume Licensing (@Msft_VL) Tweets
Bonus: Two more top tweets and Microsoft Volume Licensing blog content on Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Are you curious about Microsoft volume licensing definitions, Software Assurance , Microsoft Financing , the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon or what our partners have to say? 2012’s...
4 Jan 2013
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