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Category: Microsoft Licensing Compliance

Microsoft Office Rebranding

For the first time in over 30 years, Microsoft Office will be no more. At least, the name. While the functionality of each component – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, for example – will remain the same, the product will be referred to as Microsoft 365. Throughout the coming timeframe, these products as well as some others will absorb the new branding. However, the price will change. While Microsoft Office is a one-time, perpetual right-to-use, the new Microsoft 365 is a […]

Licensing by Virtual Core

Beginning in October 2022, Microsoft allows for licensing of certain products by virtual core. In this blog, we look at three (3) specific titles: Windows Server, System Center, and SQL Server.   Windows Server The announcement reads: “When licensing either edition of Windows Server by virtual machine…”   But there’s other parts of this statement – caveats, if you will: “The licensed server must be assigned a minimum of 8 core licenses per virtual machine.” – So four (4) 2-pack […]

Microsoft Changes Cloud Licensing

We all know how big cloud computing is. And you might be aware that a lawsuit was brought against Microsoft alleging its practices in the cloud were unfair. Technically, this case was brought in the European Union, but now Microsoft has responded to it by changing these practices worldwide. It is not clear that this will suffice in settling the lawsuit. These changes do not apply to what Microsoft refers to as “Listed Providers” – that is, Microsoft, Alibaba, AWS, […]

Microsoft Products Reaching End-of-Life in 2025

It’s not that far away. 2025. That year (and into 2026) spells the end of some on-premises software and end-of-support dates. This could leave your organization with unsupported software. And if there are regulations imposed whereby that cannot be abided, then there’s some work to do. However, some of the alternatives could be limiting – or, at least, more costly. Microsoft has increased its focus on subscriptions be they on-premise or cloud-based. This blog intends to provide an overview of […]

Upcoming Webinar: Microsoft Azure vs AWS

On June 28th, Miro Consulting’s Tim Hegedus will address some of the major differences between Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) and help you to determine which cloud is right for you. Topics will include: Hybrid Model Support Features & Differences Virtual Network Cloud vs Private Cloud Licensing Methodology Costs more… June 28th @ 2:30 – 3:00 PM ET Click here to register for event: https://miroconsulting.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FlH7DvqkS1G70GR-yxrmXA

Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Skype for Business Server will become subscription licenses after Version 2019

Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Skype for Business Server will become subscription licenses after Version 2019. That announcement was made by Microsoft last year, with the timeframe of announcing the details after Windows Server 2022 was released. Windows Server 2022 was released on September 6, 2021, but, as of this writing, details remain undisclosed. What we do know is this: The next version of Exchange Server will support in-place upgrades from Exchange Server 2019 for a period of approximately two […]

Microsoft Self-Service Lets Users Buy Subscriptions Without IT Approval

Beginning now next year in the United States (and more locations to follow), Microsoft will make available its Self-Service program. This is designed, as per Microsoft, to give “… users a chance to try out new technologies and enables them to develop solutions that will ultimately benefit their larger organizations.” And it provides an avenue for Microsoft to target non-IT administrators for the sale of its Power Platform offerings. But Microsoft reversed its earlier decision to bypass IT administrators. Previously, […]

Microsoft Tenant-Level Services Licensing Guidance

In a document published on August 13, 2019, Microsoft offered some “guidance” regarding licensing concerns around tenant-level services. “Guidance” is in quotes because the document is very unclear. Some background first: Microsoft defines “tenant-level services” as those online services that when licensed for any user in the tenant, it becomes available – activated, in Microsoft terms – becomes accessible for all users in that tenant. The Microsoft document includes the disclaimer: Some tenant services are not currently capable of limiting […]

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