Dear Friends,

We seem to have been writing a lot about changes at Microsoft® lately. During recent months we learned that they would reorganize into a “Devices and Services” company. We also learned that Steve Ballmer will retire soon and that MS has been working on that which they refer to as “Next Generation Volume Licensing”. A topic we haven’t addressed because it has little to do with Volume Licensing, Microsoft® recently ceased their thirty-five year policy of “stack ranking” employees as part of the performance review process. Stack ranking had been widely criticized by employees and the press and its elimination could significantly benefit the culture and morale at Microsoft®. In this newsletter we address yet another change which deals with the manner in which Microsoft® will likely adapt to cloud computing and their reduced dominance in certain markets.

 

As we enter 2014 we can expect continued changes at Microsoft®. Many of these will be the result of the previously named topics, such as the appointment of a new CEO, reduced cycle times between product releases and hopefully, simplified Volume Licensing. As always, we’ll do our best to bring you the latest updates and analyses as these developments occur.

 

Finally, a reminder that support for Windows® XP and Office® 2003 ends April 8, 2014. There will be no security updates, hotfixes, or technical support after that date.  You can read more about this in an enclosed article.

 

 

News

Analysis of Microsoft’s® 2nd Quarter FY 2014 Earnings Report from a licensing perspective

01.29.2014

By: Daryl Ullman

When Microsoft® announced their reorganization into a Devices and Services company beginning with the current fiscal year it also resulted in significant changes to the way in which they report earnings.

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Is Microsoft® Losing their Edge?

01.29.2014

By: Staff Writer

Ever since Microsoft® was founded in 1975, the company has been instrumental in shaping the way in which businesses and consumers conduct their activities. It’s hard to imagine how different our world would be today if not for Microsoft® but their ability to dominate and dictate actions may be coming to an end.

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Windows® XP and Office® 2003 End of Life

01.29.2014

By: Staff Writer

As most companies and consumers have known for quite some time, Microsoft® will terminate support and update activities for Windows® XP and Office® 2003 on April 8, 2014. 

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Microsoft® 2014 Product Roadmap

01.29.2014

By: Staff Writer

When Microsoft® announced their reorganization into a Devices and Services company last year, part of the restructuring was to enable the company to greatly reduce the amount of time between updates to their major products.

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Guide to Tablet Licensing

07.30.2013

By: Staff Writer

The increasing capabilities and popularity of tablet computers and smartphones is simplifying the way in which many users work but it also presents some licensing, security, and technical challenges.

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Cloud Computing Implications for Microsoft®

01.29.2014

By: Staff Writer

The increasing popularity of cloud computing has dramatically changed the manner in which we use our computers and other devices. We are no longer tethered to a desktop or even laptop to access our applications and files.

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Quick Guide to Microsoft’s® VL Product Use Rights (PUR)

06.16.2013

By: Staff Writer

The Product Use Rights and Product List documents are perhaps the most important tools for managing your Volume Licensing acquisition from Microsoft®.

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Important
Links:

Clear Licensing Methodology

emerset.com/clear-licensing-methodology/methodology >

Microsoft Licensing Workshop

emerset.com/services/microsoft-licensing-workshop >

Dary'ls Blog

emerset.com/insights-and-resources/daryls-blog >

LinkedIn Microsoft Group

www.linkedin.com/groups/Microsoft-Licensing-Professionals-Network-121819?gid=121819&trk=hb_side_g >