Microsoft Pares Down Product-Licensing Complexities
Redmond is making more tweaks to its volume-licensing plans. This time around, it's simplifying its product-use terms, as well as streamlining the number of licensing models it offers to business users.Enterprise customers: Microsoft says it has felt your licensing pain. On Wednesday, Microsoft told some of its key business users and partners that it will be revamping its volume-licensing program starting July 1 to simplify and clarify the way that users license products. Microsoft informed the customers and partners of the changes during one of the companys quarterly volume-licensing update phone calls. Microsoft officials acknowledged that volume licensing of its products by large enterprise customers has been anything but easy.
For example, if a customer wanted to sign up under one of the Redmond, Wash., software vendors volume-licensing programssuch as an Enterprise, Select or Open agreementthe PUR (product use rights) document addressing the details weighed in at 100 pages. (The PUR is similar to an end-user licensing agreement, or EULA, except that it is targeted at volume, not retail, users.)