Microsoft now Licensing Windows by the User, Across Multiple Devices

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by | November 3, 2014

Microsoft has changed the way it licences Windows so that it is now possible to buy licences on a per-user basis. Explained here, the main effect of the new policy is that a single licence can now apply to different devices.

As Microsoft explains, this new arrangement means it’s now possible for employees of organisations that adopt Software Assurance to “use or access Windows Enterprise across all their devices.”

“Gain the simplicity of counting users instead of counting all of their various devices,” Microsoft suggests. Importantly, a device can also be a virtual desktop. Microsoft’s not been super-keen on VDI before, but in a BYOD world a locked-down virtual desktop is a more desirable (virtual) device.

Here’s how it all apparently now works.



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