New Microsoft Volume Licensing Option Coming in 2017
In a bid to help its enterprise customers better manage their cloud subscriptions and software purchases, the software giant announces a new volume licensing option called Enterprise Advantage.Next year, IT buyers will have a new option when it comes to purchasing Microsoft software and subscribing to the company's cloud offerings. Just before the long July 4th holiday weekend in the United States, the Redmond, Wash., software giant announced on Friday that it plans to kick off a new Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) licensing option in 2017 dubbed Enterprise Advantage. Once Microsoft rolls out the new plan, enterprise software buyers will be able to mix subscription and perpetual software purchases with the company's cloud services slate, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online. "Enterprise Advantage on MPSA will offer the same business bargain, including products, pricing, and coverage, as the Enterprise Agreement, plus the added flexibility of the MPSA to align to your purchasing structure and needs," wrote Richard Smith, general manager of Microsoft Worldwide Licensing and Pricing, in a July 1 blog post. "At launch, Enterprise Advantage on MPSA will be available for all commercial customers in markets where the MPSA is available, but will be the optimal choice for most customers with up to 2,400 users or devices." Smith further added that the new licensing model is more flexible than previous options, enabling large businesses to purchase Microsoft software and services when they wish without additional enrollments. Another benefit is a measure of budget predictability along with price protection, he said.
Enterprise Advantage will also allow businesses to keep a closer eye on their software spending, said Smith. It will enable businesses to "[more] easily manage your assets, including true-up and true-down of subscriptions and services, to meet ever-changing business needs."