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  • 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: MSDN and Visual Studio available on the MPSA

    On July 1 st , MSDN with Visual Studio became available for order on the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). This addition enables a more native and improved experience of MSDN subscription management while removing a major obstacle for our customers wishing to move to the MPSA in light...
  • 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: Simplification comes to Office 365 activation

    We’ve blogged frequently about simplification initiatives in volume licensing such as our new Online Services Terms , and the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement . Here’s the latest in our ongoing commitment to simplify how customers acquire, manage and use our products. As of November...
  • Blog Post: Announcing phased plan to retire Select Plus due to world-wide MPSA availability

    Based on the successful adoption of the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) since its initial introduction in December 2013, plus the planned world-wide expansion by mid-2015, Microsoft is taking a significant step to simplify licensing by retiring Select Plus for commercial customers in...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Brasoftware, Microsoft’s 2014 Volume Licensing Partner of the Year

    This year, we are pleased to congratulate Brasoftware , on winning the 2014 Microsoft Volume Licensing Partner of the Year Award, which recognizes partners who consistently seek to innovate with their Volume Licensing solutions and services, and provide ongoing attention to customer service excellence...
  • Blog Post: Case studies: Partners and customers benefit from the MPSA

    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...
  • 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: Windows Embedded Licensing Update

    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...
  • Blog Post: Licensing How To: When do I need a Client Access License (CAL)?

    UPDATE: 3/26/14 We appreciated the active dialogue in the comments section on this topic. We agree that there are some good questions raised in the comments section which we'd like to address and appreciate your patience in doing so. Please see additional information following the main body of...
  • Blog Post: Licensing How To: Reimaging Rights Top 5 Questions

    SUMMARY: What is reimaging and what role does licensing play? Reimaging is the copying of software onto multiple devices from one or more standardized images. Understanding the licensing guidelines related to reimaging is important to maintain software compliance within your organization. In this Licensing...
  • Blog Post: Still using Windows XP? Modernize now to boost your ROI

    (click on image to watch video) As the end of support approaches for Windows XP and companies are looking to upgrade to Windows 8.1, many are looking at the best way to finance the switch. Microsoft Payment Solutions can help companies modernize their technologies, defer payments and start to...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING: "Why an updated Microsoft Enterprise Agreement" White Paper

    We’re pleased to announce availability of “Why an updated Microsoft Enterprise Agreement?” white paper which aims to spotlight key areas of business value customers can derive from the updated EA. This is written with the intent to respond to feedback we’ve received from customers...
  • Blog Post: Got a Question for Microsoft Volume Licensing? Send it our Way for an Upcoming Tweet Chat

    The Worldwide Licensing and Pricing team will conduct its first “Tweet Chat” from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles (July 11-14). This is your chance to ask questions about Microsoft Volume Licensing and get real-time feedback—with a twist! Instead of simply...
  • 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: ECI Helps UK Customer Cut Costs, Boost Automation with Private Cloud

    Our colleagues in the UK recently wrote about a customer looking to reduce the costs of virtualization charged by the incumbent vendor. The case study is interesting in that it demonstrates the strategic role that volume licensing can play, particularly as customer uptick increases for virtualization...
  • 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: Best Practices for On Premises and Cloud Software Asset Management @ Gartner’s ITAM event

    Microsoft Worldwide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP), together with colleagues from the Software Asset Management (SAM) team will be attending and presenting at the Gartner IT, Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit next week in Orlando, Florida. In addition, we’re delighted to share...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded 8, the internet of things, now available through Microsoft Volume Licensing

    Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Embedded 8 volume licensing for enterprises. Windows Embedded 8 is a platform specifically designed to extend the power and experience of Windows 8 to embedded industry systems such as kiosks, point-of-sale devices, and digital signs. Windows Embedded 8...
  • Blog Post: What’s New with Microsoft Software Asset Management Services

    Mid-September Microsoft had the opportunity to sponsor the Gartner ITAM Summit in Orlando, Fla., where we announced new software asset management (SAM) services . (Check out our full recap of the event >> HERE << ) Following the successful announcement at Gartner ITAM, we wanted to take...
  • 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...