Microsoft made a pretty big announcement around Windows 10 and CSP. Here’s a breakdown for those that are interested:
- Software Assurance is not included
- Windows 10 is available E3 and in CSP only
- Customers need a qualified OS license. In other words, this is an upgrade license only.
- Not available under SPLA
- Not available in the shared computer activation model.
- Per user licensing with the ability to license on up to 5 devices per license.
- No minimum and surprise…no maximum either.
- Subscription is 1 year
- Pricing varies
- New use rights highlighted in the Product Terms
So why does this stink now but could be great later? Pay attention to number 1, 4, and 5 in the list above. That’s what stinks. Think this will allow VDI? Think again.
So why not? Why the mystery around VDI and SPLA? If I was Microsoft, I would go ahead and allow it but for only a select few SPLA providers. Those providers are:
- Report on time. Not one late payment/report during their agreement no matter what the excuse – “My reseller sucks” is not an excuse. It’s a good reason to work with me though 🙂
- Deployed Hyper V (they must have some incentive to do this)
- Joined CSP program.
There you have it. Microsoft wins big time – all that missed revenue from non reporters will get reported. Now you, the compliant service provider, will be allowed VDI in SPLA.
The likelihood of this happening is slim to none. I do think Microsoft is missing out with the Windows 10/VDI restriction. Ever since I started in SPLA, I’ve been asked about VDI (or the lack thereof). That was 11 years ago.
Thanks for reading,