Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog

  • Got a Question for Microsoft Volume Licensing? Send it our Way for an Upcoming Tweet Chat

    The Worldwide Licensing and Pricing team will conduct its first “Tweet Chat” from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles (July 11-14). This is your chance to ask questions about Microsoft Volume Licensing and get real-time feedback—with a twist! Instead of simply replying via Twitter, we’ll have subject matter experts on Volume Licensing respond via short videos tweeted out to followers of @Msft_VL. This way we can provide more in-depth answers beyond 140 characters.

  • Licensing How To: SharePoint Server 2013 Licensing Changes

    Summary: SharePoint 2013, like the new lineup of Office servers, has some fantastic new features and functionality. The licensing has changed from the last release so please take a moment to check out the differences. 

    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.

    The release of SharePoint Server 2013 brings simplification to the licensing requirements.  As a result, we have been answering a lot of questions about these changes. This post points out the changes between SharePoint Server 2010 (and related products) and SharePoint Server 2013. To learn more about licensing SharePoint 2013 check out Licensing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

    Below we take three common SharePoint Server scenarios and compare the 2010 and 2013 licensing requirements side by side.  We also cover two additional frequent topics/FAQ’s we find ourselves discussing with customers and partners – the CAL Waiver for Users Accessing Publicly Available
    Content, and downgrade rights. 

  • Delivery of Desktop-like Functionality through Outsourcer Arrangements and Service Provider License Agreements

    Recently we have been asked whether and how Microsoft partners and outsourcers can use Windows 7 Clients on hosted server platforms to deliver desktops as a service while remaining consistent with their licenses.  Microsoft’s licensing allows the following:

    • Customers that want to work with partners to have them host Windows 7 in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solution on their behalf, can do so when the customer provides the partner licenses through the customer’s own agreements with Microsoft. The hosting hardware must be dedicated to, and for the benefit of the customer, and may not be shared by or with any other customers of that partner.
    • Microsoft partners who host under the Services Provider License Agreement (“SPLA”) may bring some desktop-like functionality as a service by using Windows Server and Remote Desktop Services.  Under this solution, the partner is free to offer this service to any customer they choose, whether or not they have a direct licensing agreement with Microsoft. However, it is important to note that SPLA does not support delivery of Windows 7 as a hosted client or provide the ability to access Office as a service through Windows 7.  Office may only be provided as a service if it is hosted on Windows Server and Remote Desktop Services.
  • How to License Office Web Apps Server

    Summary: Following the release of the productivity servers; Lync 2013, Exchange 2013, and especially SharePoint Server 2013 a common question that crosses our desk is, “how do I license Office Web Apps Server for the new 2013 products?”  In this post, we will be covering the basic licensing of the new Office Web Apps Server.

  • Microsoft Supports International Standards to Help Make Software Licenses More Manageable

    At most of the industry events I attend for Software Asset Management (SAM) Professionals, a common refrain is heard from these busy, and often frustrated, individuals who are tasked with ensuring compliance with software licensing agreements: "We need to know what we need to measure." They also want better software license manageability, as opposed to more audits or proprietary tools.

    Asset managers are closer to getting what they are asking for, as progress on the adoption of the set of ISO 19770 standards continues. ISO 19770 is an international set of standards consisting of two parts (19770-1, and -2). The first part of the standard, (19770-1), is directed at enterprises and outlines best practices and processes for effective SAM. ISO 19770-1 uses implementation tiers to make it easier for customers to attain the ISO standard via a phased approach. Microsoft's SAM Optimization model will map to the 19770-1 tiers. The SAM Optimization model will show customers what they have obtained so far and the gaps to achieving more. Microsoft will be launching this as part of the Worldwide Partner Conference this July.