[Misc] Microsoft Announces new licensing changes to Open Value 2008

Licensing is not one of my favourite subjects and I’m sure this is the case for many folks. So when I found this in my Inbox I thought I’d pass it on in case anyone wasn’t aware of these changes. If you have any questions with this just let me know and I’ll hook you up with Phillip or contact your local Microsoft Representative.

Hi Cliff,

I thought you would like to know that Microsoft has recently made some changes to its Open Value license programme. In case you weren’t aware, Open Value is designed for small and mid-sized businesses who want to take control of their software investment through simplified license management. In essence, through Open Value, SMBs can combine their various software licenses into a single agreement which, in turn, can help them to save costs.

Please find below a summary of the changes. They have been designed by Microsoft to help simplify license acquisition, make payment options more flexible and ultimately, enable customers to save money.

· New Customer Platform Option – Customers can now mix and match the software applications they distribute through their servers using one license. Previously, if one user wanted to have Office Professional, everyone had to have Office Professional installed on their computer due to license restrictions. This has now changed so that customers can customise various IT components including operating system, Office and Client Access License (CAL) according to the needs of each user.

· More Enterprise Products - Microsoft has added several Enterprise Products to its Open Value programme including; Office Enterprise, ECAL Suite, Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack and Essential Business Server solution.

· New All Language Agreements – Customers no longer have to pay for additional language functionality when setting up their Open Value license agreement. Businesses can use multiple language versions of software for no additional cost.

· Software Assurance Enhancements – Microsoft’s Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS) are now included in the Open Value license program. Through DDPS, customers receive a number of vouchers which they can use to get training and advice from Microsoft partners around how to plan and deploy Microsoft software. The number of vouchers customers receive relates directly to the amount of software covered in the Open Value agreement. The more software, the more vouchers you receive.

· Microsoft is also introducing a one-year contract option for Open Value subscription for Government customers. Whilst Open Value agreements are typically three years, Microsoft is now offering a special one-year contract option for Government organisations who need more flexibility with the way their software is licensed.

I hope you have found this interesting. I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have around this so please do ask if you have any.

Kind regards,

Phillip Neill

Published Thursday, November 20, 2008 9:43 AM by chobbs
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