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Today, we’re announcing another significant step in the transformation of Microsoft volume licensing to make it easier for customers and partners to do business with us. Beginning on July 1, 2016, the minimum Enterprise Agreement (EA) commitment for commercial customers signing new Enterprise Enrollments or Enterprise Subscription Enrollments will increase from 250 users or devices to 500. Along with this change, we are guiding new commercial customers within the 250 to 499 user or device range to our modern volume licensing solutions: the Microsoft Product and Services Agreement (MPSA) and the Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP).
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 ECS joining Azure, Windows, Office 365, and CRM Online, the best online services and software Microsoft has to offer are now available under a single, simplified agreement.
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 where MPSA is offered.
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 Hunt Brothers Pizza, says, “As competition increases, technology is one of the leading factors in creating operational efficiencies for the business and mining data to find new ways to sell to our customers.”
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, because customers were required to sign separate agreements for Microsoft cloud services and on-premises products, managing multiple licensing agreements was adding cost and complexity to the process. Customers wanted an easier way to manage their Microsoft portfolios and the agility to add incremental Microsoft Online Services to support their business objectives.