Dear Friends,

This is a pivotal time for Microsoft®. They are fortunate (wise?) to have diversity in their product line, as evidenced by this and recent quarterly earnings, but the landscape is rapidly changing. Technologies developed by Microsoft® literally changed the world and enabled computing devices and functionality which revolutionized the way in which we conduct business, communication, entertainment, personal productivity, research, and so much more. One may argue that software was the catalyst for this revolution, but it relied upon hardware. With time and technology, hardware has become much more powerful and portable, thereby enabling mobility unlike anything we experienced in the past. The need for software has not faded, but device manufacturers have more options for software today than ever before. Microsoft® is obviously aware of this and will likely seek a balance between maximizing traditional revenues and risk losing business to competition which has not been a factor in the past. We will also likely see an increased emphasis on revenue generation from devices such as non-Windows® tablets and smartphones as they access MS® licensed assets, and increased efforts to ensure VL compliance.



Analysis of Microsoft’s® 3rd Quarter FY 2013 Earnings report from a licensing perspective


By: Daryl Ullman

One of the key tenets of negotiation is “knowledge is power”. Analyzing Microsoft’s® Quarterly Earnings Report for the third quarter of the Financial Year 2013 will provide valuable information as you prepare to negotiate your licensing agreement.

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The Complexity of Microsoft®’s Volume Licensing


By: Staff Writer

Anyone who is even remotely familiar with Microsoft®’s Volume Licensing knows how complex and confusing it can be. I’m not going to defend it but I will attempt to share some insight into the history and some of the factors that lead to the challenges we face when trying to interpret VL today.

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Licensing SQL Server® 2012


By: Staff Writer

Microsoft® has made some significant changes to the way SQL Server® 2012 will be licensed as opposed to SQL Server® 2008...

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Microsoft® Virtualization


By: Staff Writer

Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something such as an operating system, a server, a storage device, or network resource.

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The Enterprise Agreement and Office 365®


By: Daryl Ullman

In order to enable the seamless movement between on-premises, online and hybrid environments, a series of changes have been made to the structure of the Enterprise Agreement.

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Microsoft® Office® 2013 Licensing Guide


By: Staff Writer

Microsoft® Office® 2013, also known as Office® 15, is currently available for download to business customers.  

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System Center® 2012


By: Staff Writer

Microsoft® recently announced the licensing use rights for the new System Center® 2012 suite of products.

This document provides an analysis of the pros and cons of this licensing compared to the current products.

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