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|Changes Reduce License Costs for Hosting|
|Monday, 23 May 2011|
Changes to the Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) rules and offerings, effective July 1, 2011, will reduce the cost of outsourcing various Microsoft server-based products to third-party hosters. Two changes allow Software Assurance (SA) customers to leverage existing licenses and SA payments when moving server applications from on-premises data centers to an SPLA hoster. Two other changes, both related to Windows Server and available to any customer, simplify SPLA licensing and reduce licensing costs in some circumstances. Whether license savings generated by the changes are passed on to end-customers will, in many cases, be at the hoster's discretion.
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