Microsoft Software Licensing is being affected by changing policies and evolving technology which poses a challenge to organizations as they struggle to find a balance between actual needs and unnecessary clutter. A result of this accumulation of unwanted licenses is unexpected compliance issues and inflated material costs.
To cater to an ever-burgeoning user base spanning across locations, devices, and domains, Microsoft provides various licensing options, including single or multi-user or single or multi-device, to make their products easy to procure, deploy and use. For example, with an increase in portability of devices, Microsoft licenses their application as user-based subscriptions. To an organization it means managing the user accounts rather than installs. Linking licenses with a user account that can be accessed across devices rather than to a device reduces costs significantly. Licensing is not as simple as it looks though. There is so much more to buying and using a software.
Did you know you can use multiple versions of a Microsoft product with one license or that Microsoft licenses can be recycled and reassigned?