The future of licensing
Recently, Microsoft made an announcement that will affect businesses with 250-500 employees that currently purchase Microsoft volume licenses under a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA), as well as those planning on entering an EA. This news is significant, and shows that Microsoft is making good on its promise to make licensing Microsoft software and online services simpler, easier to understand, and quicker to provision.
Beginning July 1, 2016, Microsoft is raising the minimum threshold for commercial customers to enter into an Enterprise Agreement from 250 seats to 500 “seats” – which can mean users or devices. Why? Well, it’s all part of Microsoft’s effort to create the single licensing program of the future. In early 2014, Microsoft introduced a new licensing program called the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) to replace the Select and Select Plus programs. Eventually all programs like the EA, Open, and Open Value will roll under the MPSA as well. Continue reading