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This morning Microsoft announced it is donating Office 365 licenses to nonprofits worldwide as part of its ongoing software donation program, Technology for Good. The program will benefit nonprofits of all sizes with no cap on the number of licenses starting in 41 countries and increasing up to 90 by July.
Through the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA), Office 365 delivers tools for businesses to easily work together. With Technology for Good, nonprofits can enjoy the same productivity gains through Office 365, such as sharing documents without worrying about version control and holding group meetings with high-definition video conferencing.
Summary: SkyDrive Pro, a feature of SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online, is an offering similar to our personal cloud storage service SkyDrive, but optimized for business and managed by your organization. In this Licensing How To post, we cover the licensing basics of SkyDrive Pro including how to buy and license it.
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.
In addition to a simplified licensing model, one of the new features of SharePoint 2013 that our team gets more licensing questions on than others, is SkyDrive Pro. The three most common questions for SkyDrive Pro are:
Organizations continue to seek out solutions to enable workers anytime, anywhere access to the latest productivity applications. In parallel, Microsoft continues to enhance licensing options to keep pace with the rapidly changing customer needs as far as how they consume software and services accessible across multiple devices.
A recent example of this is the introduction of the new Office 365 Add-ons for the Enterprise Agreement (EA) which make it easier than ever to license users for Office 365, further enabling organizations to utilize productivity services in the cloud, at their own pace. More importantly, the licensing provides organizations with the flexibility they require at a great price.
Summary: What’s the difference, aren’t they both for disaster recovery? Fail-over Rights and “Cold” Disaster Recovery Rights offer two different, but similar purposes. For SQL Server “Cold” Disaster Recovery (DR) Rights are a Software Assurance (SA) Benefit while Fail-over Rights do not require SA coverage, but to get the maximum benefit of Fail-over Rights you will want to consider SA coverage for your SQL Server licenses.
By Richard Smith, General Manager in World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP)
Richard is responsible for the design, marketing and training of our current and new Volume Licensing Programs.
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about how Microsoft’s licensing is evolving to enable customers to take advantage of two major trends: Consumerization of IT and Cloud Computing.
Employees today demand the technology that makes it easiest for them to get the job done, whether it’s a company-owned PC or their own personal tablet. The growth of this Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend is clear: Forrester estimates that we will see 905 million tablets in use for work and home by 2017 and that BYOD scenarios span at least 258 million global information workers. According to ZDNet and TechRepublic’s BYOD Business Strategy Survey, 62% of companieseither already have BYOD allowances in place, or plan to by the end of 2013.
Looking further ahead, Gartner predicts that half of the world’s businesses will implement BYOD programs by 2017 and will no longer provide computing devices to their employees. According to Gartner, the average cost of more than $600 per-employee, per-year for company-provided devices along with factors like increased employee satisfaction, has helped drive the BYOD movement.