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Below you'll find selected samples of Directions on Microsoft licensing guides, research reports, roadmaps, and webinars. See for yourself how our research and analysis helps you cut through the marketing hype that surrounds Microsoft so you can focus your attention on information that really matters.

Sample Licensing Guides

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

Windows Server 2012 R2 Pricing and Licensing
August 19, 2013

Prices increase for Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition and for Remote Desktop Services CALs, which also receive a new Software Assurance benefit, while other aspects of licensing remain unchanged

Licensing SQL Server for Development and Test
June 24, 2013

SQL Server use for development and test is generally licensed per-user, although volume licensing, cloud services, and free editions may suffice in certain situations

Server-Side Licensing Changes for SharePoint 2013
May 27, 2013

SharePoint 2013 consolidates multiple server-side licenses into one, raises the base server license price, and modifies license reassignment rules for virtualization

Licensing Internet Sites Built on SharePoint 2013
April 8, 2013

Changes to SharePoint Server licensing rules make it much less expensive for customers already licensed for SharePoint 2013 internally to leverage the technology for Internet-facing sites

Project 2013 Packaging, Pricing, and Licensing
February 25, 2013

Project costs more than before due to increased fees for Project 2013- and Project Server 2013-related licenses, changes to licensing rules, and rising costs for prerequisite products

Visio Customers Impacted by 2013 Release
February 11, 2013

Visio 2013 licenses cost more than Visio 2010, and the Premium edition has been discontinued

Exchange 2013 Packaging, Pricing, and Licensing
February 4, 2013

Exchange Server 2013 maintains the product's existing licensing model, but makes significant changes to pricing and use rights

Volume Activation Updated for Windows 8 and Office 2013
January 21, 2013

The release of new Windows and Office versions are driving changes to license activation, including a new Active Directory-based activation option

Sample Research Reports

New Xbox Could Bring More Application Opportunities
May 27, 2013

Xbox One, the next generation Xbox console, was announced in May 2013

Launches, PC Sales Weigh on First Quarter
October 29, 2012

Launch promotions and slow PC sales reduced Windows and Office revenue and produced an 8% year-over-year decline in Microsoft revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012

Write-down Triggers Quarterly Loss
July 23, 2012

A write-down in Microsoft's online advertising business brought an unusual quarterly loss, but long-term commitments to business applications and server software might shore up results in future quarters

Xbox Goes Further Beyond the Console
June 25, 2012

New features, content services, and game titles were announced for Xbox 360 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June 2012

PC Sales, Servers Expand Revenue
April 23, 2012

Strong business PC sales and continued expansion in servers boosted Microsoft's revenue and operating income in the third quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, although net income declined

Partner Competencies, Certifications Changing
April 23, 2012

Competency requirements for Microsoft partner companies will be updated beginning in May 2012, and the system of skills certifications for individuals has been updated

New Enterprise Sales and Marketing, Consumer Leaders
April 2, 2012

New executives will lead Microsoft's sales and marketing efforts for governments, platform servers, and China; enterprise and mobile units also have new leaders

FRAND Licensing Sought for Patents
March 26, 2012

As part of an effort to reiterate its support for FRAND terms for patents essential to implementing standards, Microsoft published its policy and filed an antitrust action against Motorola

Slow PC Sales Weaken Earnings
January 23, 2012

Server software and business sales helped make up for lower margins and slower sales in some of Microsoft's consumer businesses during the second quarter of fiscal 2012

Mobile, Kinect Featured at Final CES Appearance
January 23, 2012

Ballmer keynoted Microsoft's final CES appearance, demonstrating Windows 8, Windows Phone, and Xbox, and announcing the production date for the PC version of Kinect

Sample Roadmaps

Integrating SharePoint Online and On-Premises
September 15, 2014

Organizations can combine SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server on-premises to get some of the benefits of Microsoft cloud hosting while keeping key sites in-house

Suite Bundles Identity and Device Management
April 21, 2014

A new licensing bundle provides a cheaper alternative for organizations that would like to manage users, data, and devices from an online service

Managing Windows XP After Extended Support Ends
January 27, 2014

As Extended support for Windows XP ends in Apr. 2014, businesses should have a clear risk-mitigation strategy in place for any systems still running the unsupported OS

Internet Explorer Roadmap Update
September 9, 2013

IE11, available for Windows 7 and 8.1, improves performance, compatibility, touch functionality, and developer tools, but substantial changes require testing of existing sites

Social Roadmap for SharePoint and Yammer
July 8, 2013

Yammer has become Microsoft's preferred option for enterprise social networking and will integrate and coexist with SharePoint for the foreseeable future

Windows 8.1 to Address Management, Mobility, and Security
June 24, 2013

Organizations that chose to skip evaluating Windows 8 may find that both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 now have enterprise-focused features that warrant review

Platform Roadmap Update
June 24, 2013

New versions of several platform products, including Windows, System Center, and SQL Server, will address performance, management, and software development

Client Connects SkyDrive Pro to Older Office Suites
May 27, 2013

A SkyDrive Pro client enables users of Office 2010 and Office 2007 to synchronize and share documents with SharePoint 2013

Visual Studio 2012 Helps Improve Software Quality
May 27, 2013

Improvements delivered in the Visual Studio 2012 integrated development environment and its related tools could help developers and testers find and fix code problems more efficiently

Evaluating Office 365
May 20, 2013

The third release of Microsoft's Office hosted services is the closest yet to the on-premises version

Sample Webinars

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Overview

May 23, 2013
This Webinar reviews the new capabilities of Visual Studio 2012 and the .NET Framework 4.5, updates to related tools and APIs including Team Foundation Server, ASP.NET, and the Windows Workflow and Communications Foundations.

Client Management Roadmap

March 28, 2013
This Webinar provides an overview of Microsoft’s client management products, including System Center and Windows Intune, and how they can be used in the context of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies.

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