It’s the fall season here in the United States – the leaves are changing, weather is FINALLY getting cooler, and it’s time for our friends in Redmond, WA to make an update. In this article, I will highlight some upcoming changes (or lack thereof) to SPLA.
Last week I was in San Francisco visiting with the resellers and Microsoft to discuss SPLA and other initiatives. The good news? There are no major licensing changes. Bad news? There are no major licensing changes.
Why is that bad news? Well, I was hoping Microsoft would announce Office mobility rights. I really think this is a miss with Microsoft. It would encourage your end customers to invest in Office with Software Assurance and offer a more complete desktop as a service solution. Do you agree?
Here’s my take. I believe Microsoft will allow your end customers to invest in Office via Office 365. Wow, there’s a surprise right? But I do believe Microsoft will allow your end customer to take (1) of the (5) installs allowed under Office 365 and transfer it to your datacenter. In doing so, you would be allowed to offer a shared infrastructure, dedicated VM (Similar to License Mobility). This is my opinion, but something I think they would entertain. I don’t think they will offer regular Office (outside of O365)to be transferred over in this capacity without dedicating the infrastructure. Why? To encourage Office 365 sales of course! Again, just my opinion. And NO, you cannot do this today in a shared environment.
So what about Windows Desktop (Windows 10)? Will this ever have mobility rights? I am guessing not. What about in Windows Azure? Perhaps. Going back to my point about Office, by allowing Windows 10 in Azure would encourage Azure sales. Maybe this will happen sooner than later. Check out this article by my friends at ZDNET Get ready hoster’s, there might not be a licensing change, but change is definitely on the horizon.
Thanks for reading,
March 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm
“But I do believe Microsoft will allow your end customer to take (1) of the (5) installs allowed under Office 365 and transfer it to your datacenter”. They already do this. It’s called Microsoft Exchange. The whole point of Office 365 is to NOT use your own infrastructure. I’m at complete loss what benefit would be to transfer one of those licenses to your own data center.
March 24, 2016 at 11:38 am
Customers who provide DaaS are going to love this. Windows Server + RDS + O365 Office.