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Sample Licensing Guides

Licensing Office for Server-Based Desktops
April 13, 2015

Office is a component of many server-based desktops, so licensing it correctly is key to proving compliance during a software license check

Configuration Changes Pose Licensing Risks
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

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

Sample Research Reports

Power BI Roadmap 2015
February 23, 2015

Significant changes to Power BI in 2015 remove SharePoint Online and Excel dependencies, while introducing new report design tools and a revamped self-service portal

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

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

Sample Roadmaps

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

Microsoft Account Controls Access to Critical IT Services
May 20, 2013

The Microsoft account service, which is used to sign in to many Microsoft Web sites, may control access to key corporate IT services

Blue Signals Faster Release Cycle
April 22, 2013

Organizations need to start planning for a new Microsoft product release cadence and determine how faster releases will impact their IT infrastructures

Windows XP to Exit Extended Support
April 22, 2013

Windows XP leaves Extended support in one year. Organizations still using the product need to understand potential risks

Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 SP2 Previewed
April 22, 2013

Office 2010 receives beta of Service Pack 2

Global Service Monitor Watches Web Applications
April 22, 2013

Global Service Monitor, a new online service with the System Center brand, helps customers monitor the availability and performance of their Web applications

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Includes Replicas
March 18, 2013

The ability to replicate a virtual machine from one site to another for disaster recovery and business continuity is among the improvements to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

Windows 8 Packaging Details Emerge
February 25, 2013

Windows 8 will deliver two editions for companies deploying x86- and x64-based computers, a separate OS variant for ARM-based devices, and a single edition for consumers in most countries

Sample Webinars

MSDN Licensing Best Practices

March 26, 2015
This Webinar discusses best practices for taking advantage of MSDN subscriptions while minimizing the risk of non-compliance.

Enterprise Priorities and Roadmap for 2015

February 6, 2015
In this Webinar, DOM analysts discuss Microsoft's likely enterprise priorities and roadmap in 2015.

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