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Microsoft Introduces Licensing Model To Enable The Mobile Enterprise

By - Source: Microsoft

Microsoft introduced a new per-user licensing model for Windows 7 and 8 designed to enable more flexibility in licensing for the mobile enterprise user. This new licensing model allows for BYOD and mobile devices to access Windows 7 and 8 without an additional license. This is because the license is no longer device-based, but user-based.

While most Windows-based hardware comes with an OEM Windows operating system, this is not the case for Android and Apple devices. This new licensing model allows the non-Windows devices to access a Windows client without requiring the additional purchase of a client license.

On October 2 Microsoft published its quarterly Volume Licensing Product Use Rights document. It included information on a new volume licensing option for Windows Client customers – an option to purchase per-user licenses of Windows Enterprise through Software Assurance. We are pleased to offer this new licensing option as a reflection of our commitment to listening and responding to customer feedback,” said a Microsoft Spokesperson.

Although this user-centric license model would enable the enterprise user to install and run Windows on any hardware platform, the OEM aspect of Windows being licensed to the hardware negates much of the multiple physical installation benefits. However, when you look at the virtual desktop impact, the true value shines. With the data center becoming more virtualized, the challenge has been moving that licensing model from the physical to the virtual without duplicating cost. For the server environment, Windows Data Center licensing has enabled the enterprise user to install unlimited virtual servers per CPU socket. 

While Windows Data Center has simplified enterprise virtual server licensing, it does not contain the licensing for the Windows desktop operating systems. This lack of clear desktop licensing options for virtual infrastructure has created a gap for a true virtualized enterprise licensing option, and this is where the user-centric licensing model shines.

With users having more than one device and being on the go more, the per-user model enables enterprises to take advantage of the flexibility of VDI for users without the additional overhead of the duplicate Windows desktop license. Virtual desktops have had the promise to the enterprise in leveraging the security of having the desktops contained within the data center environment with the portability of the users having access to them from anywhere and with any client, and with the introduction of this new licensing model, VDI can move closer to reality for more companies.