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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.
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Summary: A common question we get, especially as excitement builds for the launch of a new version of a product is, “I have active Software Assurance (SA) coverage on my licenses and a new version is going to be released. If my SA expires, or is about to expire, do I have rights to this new version?” In this Licensing How To post, we cover New Version Rights: when and how you know what rights you have.
Among other advantages, “New Version Rights for Software Assurance (SA)” can be an attractive and valuable SA benefit. As outlined in the Product List, for any licensed Product covered with active SA, you are given the right to upgrade and run the latest version of the Product that is made available during the coverage term. You may ask yourself, “What do they mean by Made Available?” The term refers to the earlier of either the date that Microsoft makes the Product available for ordering, or the date that the Product is available for download from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) website.
Microsoft is moving decisively on its strategy to deliver a family of devices & services that empower customers around the world, whether at home, work or on the move. At the same time, how customers buy our products and services through volume licensing is experiencing its own transformation.
With the rapid adoption of cloud and hybrid computing, and the proliferation of devices that are increasingly essential to productivity, volume licensing customers are asking for new flexibility to license wide-ranging scenarios, and for greater simplicity to help them manage it all.
We are listening. While today, new agreements allow volume purchasers to deploy traditional and emerging technology with greater ease, we are aiming even higher; our vision is to make it even easier for customers to acquire and manage their Microsoft volume licensing.