Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog

  • 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 How To post, we cover our top 5 questions related to reimaging.

    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 writing our “Licensing How To” series we tend to stick to subjects that are frequently asked and are not already covered in another resource. While the Reimaging Rights brief is the definitive resource, we thought we would share the top five questions we get on this important Volume Licensing benefit. We would encourage anyone reading this post to read the content covered in the brief, as this information is supplemental to the brief.

  • Still using Windows XP? Modernize now to boost your ROI

    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 realize return on investment (ROI) in updated systems as quickly as possible.

     

    Microsoft provides payment solutions that let you combine software, services and hardware into a single payment plan. Flexible repayment programs let you spread out the costs of updating over monthly, quarterly or semiannual payments, and adjust payments to fit your cash flow by ramping up over time or customizing to align with business cycles. And it’s easy to add new software purchases or additional services to an existing contract.

  • 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 you’re looking for or discovering that what you had imagined was located there is absent. 

    We continue to listen to feedback and aim to make changes to the Volume Licensing website on MS.com that address those concerns and improve the overall experience for our visitors. The team has been working hard to kick off the New Year with a refresh of a key area and are delighted to point you to the completely re-designed Software Assurance area

  • Online Services Use Rights Get a Refresh

    Simplifying licensing and improving end-to-end contracting experience is a key priority for WWLP. Previously we delivered a simplified Product Use Rights (PUR) document with much improved navigability, readability and consistency in language across all the product families. This year we kicked off our next wave of licensing document simplification with a primary focus on our Online Services (OLS) licensing documents and the Product List, which we will be delivering in multiple phases over a period of time.

     

    As we transform to a Services and Devices company our portfolio of Online Services has grown. We now offer many different services in multiple channels. This has resulted in OLS terms being spread across multiple documents. Having OLS terms in multiple documents creates customer confusion, adds complexity in our contracting and impacts deal velocity.

  • 2013’s Top Five Microsoft Volume Licensing (@Msft_VL) Tweets

    Are you in the know about Microsoft Volume Licensing? Follow our Twitter handle @Msft_VL and receive up-to-the-minute news about launches, reference guides, training resources, definitions and more. Below you’ll find our top five buzz-worthy tweets from 2013. Each of these tweets reached a high number of Twitter users via retweets and favorites from highly influential people. Enjoy and Happy New Year!