Microsoft Volume Licensing
License Mobility information
The Official Microsoft Blog
STB News Bytes Blog
Windows for your Business Blog
MPN 'Get Licensing News' (for partners)
In August, we announced changes to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) would be made throughout the month. In order to make sure that all our customers and partners take advantage of the new tools and resources, we’ve published an overview of the changes, tips on how to get started and several video demos to help make the change smoother. And today, we’ve posted a “how-to” video for the VLSC available to MSDN subscribers here. After all, we know that change is change, and change can be challenging.
If you’re an IT or procurement professional then we have news that will interest you: Microsoft is previewing a new training and accreditation program designed to beef up foundational licensing knowledge so that IT pros and procurement rofessionals can maximize their software investments.
Developed based on feedback from more than 80 executives worldwide who participate in our Volume Licensing Customer Advisory Board, we’ll preview the training starting June 1. You can read more about customer feedback channels and common themes Microsoft Volume Licensing is hearing from customers in a recent blog post, including that the transition to cloud solutions has introduced licensing complexity and a strong interest in cloud-ready licensing.
Partner describes how flexible payment solutions impact deals, benefit customers
A number of factors influence the way that customers approach volume licensing for new technologies and uptake into their environments. In today’s economy and shrinking budgets, along with the fact that customers either are or have become much more savvy with their IT spend, customers are looking for opportunities to maximize their spending power. As a result, they are looking for opportunities to realize increased ROI from their IT costs, and offer schedules consistent with revenue cycles and/or deployment milestones.
Flexible payment solutions available through Microsoft Financing offer customers an opportunity to address business priorities/requirements and get the technology they need when they need it most. We recently spoke to Lee Hovermale, Managing Director of Project Leadership Associates – a Microsoft partner specializing in business and IT consulting for the SMB market - for insight into how customers are factoring Microsoft Flexible Payment Solutions into their volume licensing arrangements.
On Wednesday, May 18th the Microsoft Volume Licensing team hosted an interactive session for TechEd North America attendees. This is a departure from the classic technical sessions that make up the majority of sessions at TechEd.
Attendees have requested volume licensing information to help them with planning, deployment and support of their technology investments. This year, the primary topic was focused on how to leverage their existing Enterprise Agreement (EA) and take advantage of new public and private cloud solution scenarios.