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Thanks Microsoft: Cyborg Licensing User-Based Windows OS Is Here

Bring Your Own (and Be Your Own) Device Within Reach

by Lane Shelton | 11.11.14

Microsoft has embraced “by device” selling for their Windows desktop operating system since what feels like the beginning of time. But change has compounded over the past several years and truly transformed our computing experience. So much so that ordinary end-users (myself included) are lugging around a bagful of devices in order to stay connected at all times. We all want to work and play on devices that we choose to use—not to be hampered by things like file synchronization and compatibility or good taste getting in our way. As a result, we are slowly but surely becoming a community of cyborgs. Finally, Microsoft is listening! We want to bring our own device and even BE our own device. What does that all really mean? 

Tags:AssessmentComplianceDeviceEnterprise AgreementExchangeLicensingLyncMicrosoftOffice 365ServersSharePointSoftwareWindows 8Windows XP

What's the Deal with Windows 10?

Get the Scoop on the Latest from Microsoft

by James Nagurney | 10.23.14

The biggest news coming out of Microsoft this month is the announcement about Windows 10.  We have to be honest that the name is a bit of a surprise. We were expecting Windows 9 or just “Windows” (you know, like “iPad”), but they got us on this one. Apparently, Microsoft is signifying that this will be their final “major” release of their flagship product, with the future bringing on evolutionary, in-place tweaks and modifications. This is probably a smart move as most customers are prone to skipping versions, at least for the last 15+ years or so. Here’s what we know so far:

Tags:ApplicationsiPadLicensingMicrosoftSecurityWindows 8Windows XP

OMG 2003! So Much Noise

Let’s breathe and focus on what’s next

by Lane Shelton | 09.29.14

There’s a lot of Windows Server 2003 out there, we get it. We see it first-hand working with customers doing deep-core licensing analysis because we have to know where all the VMs, clusters, and servers are to determine the best ways to pay for it all. We’ve all read the statistics, and our work with customers confirms it – Windows Server 2003 is still a workhorse, even in today’s modern datacenters. The risks are obvious – just read any daily news digest to find another story about a major security breach. Breaches involve data and the data lives in datacenters. So when Microsoft pulls the plug on W2003 Server in July of 2015, some of that data is going to be connected to unsupported server infrastructure.

Tags:CloudDataHybrid CloudLicensingMicrosoftPrivate CloudSecurityServers

Are You Licensed to Virtualize

Get Your Ducks in a Row Before You Grow

by James Nagurney | 09.15.14

This month I wanted to highlight the growing trend of Virtual Desktops or VDI. The question I get most frequently regarding VDI is “How does this affect my overall cost of Microsoft licensing?” The answer might surprise you. Let’s take a look at a few of the finer points of Windows VDI.

Tags:LicensingMicrosoftVirtualizationWindows 8Windows XP

The Four Most Important Questions About Office 365

What You Need to Know Before You Make the Move

by James Nagurney | 08.27.14

Microsoft’s year ended with a flurry of activity on June 30. One of the trends we continue to see developing is the move towards the cloud and Office 365. It’s no secret that Microsoft has been pushing Office 365 hard in the last year or so, and has been offering price and funding incentives for current customers to make the leap. Microsoft’s cloud offerings suit some customers just fine; for other customers, we recommend sticking with the current perpetual licensing model. It really depends on the circumstances, and, of course, the cost. As I travel around the country talking to Microsoft customers about Office 365, I encounter some common themes/concerns/considerations around this offering. Read on for the four questions I’ve encountered most frequently. 

Tags:CloudExchangeLicensingMicrosoftOffice 365Office Pro PlusSharePointSoftware Assurance

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