Microsoft Licensing Guides

Easy-to-understand explanations of Microsoft enterprise licensing programs and product licensing rules help you determine which Microsoft licenses your organization needs to buy and the optimal way to purchase them. For a list of licensing guides organized by topic, please click here.

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Downgrades Are Key to Microsoft License Compliance
June 9, 2014

Understanding licensing rules related to versions, editions, and downgrade rights can deliver a substantial reduction in licensing costs and compliance risk

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Licensing Implications
September 23, 2013

Licensing rules and technical features between editions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 are similar, but Windows 8 customers will need to move to Windows 8.1 by early 2016 to retain support

Most Recent Licensing Guides

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December 15, 2014

Azure RemoteApp provides Microsoft-hosted Windows desktop applications and is available in two per-user subscription levels, but it does not offer the full Windows desktop environment

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November 24, 2014

Licensing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for server-based desktops and remote applications requires understanding the Server + CAL licensing model, including the RDS CAL requirements

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November 24, 2014

Volume licensing customers can license Windows on a Per-User subscription basis as an alternative to the existing Per-Device approach, which continues with slight modification

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November 17, 2014

Consumers with mobile devices benefit from changes to the free Office mobile applications, but businesses still need to limit the risk from users working with unlicensed software

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November 3, 2014

Seemingly inconsequential configuration changes and other administrator acts can potentially result in considerable unbudgeted licensing costs in the event of a software audit

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Licensing MSDN offers substantial benefits for evaluating, developing, and testing solutions that incorporate Microsoft products. This report outlines best practices for license compliance
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