Articles about Open Licensing


Microsoft: Pssst, small resellers, want to sling our cloud?

Microsoft is preparing to give its channel partners another way of selling Azure to their customers. The new "Open Licensing" option gives resellers and other channel partner types a way to sell a small amount of Microsoft's Azure public cloud to a customer without having to enter into an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Redmond …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014

Copyright trolls, biz scum, freetards - it's NOT black and white

Sysdmin blog A new intellectual property rights organisation has popped up in the United States called New Media Rights. New Media Rights strikes a different balance than most intellectual property organisations; they champion the rights of independent creators as well as those of individual consumers. New Media Rights provide free legal …
Trevor Pott, 15 Dec 2012

Microsoft cuts back on Windows keys after pirates grab booty

Microsoft has blamed Windows giveaways and pirates plundering subscriptions for its decision to cut back the number of Windows activation keys it issues. The company told The Reg on Wednesday that its TechNet Subscriptions, Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), Software Assurance (SA) and Open …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Open barbarians poised to storm Apple's gate

Open...and Shut Open source has a tendency to cannibalize and commoditize – and not just surrounding proprietary projects. As described by researcher Dirk Riehle, open source involves a process of continuous innovation and commoditization as communities form to wring inefficiencies from software markets. Interestingly, this same phenomenon …
Matt Asay, 21 Jun 2011
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SAP rejects blackmail charges over Oracle letter

SAP has rejected suggestions made in The Wall Street Journal that it was effectively trying to blackmail Oracle by claiming it could influence the investigation by the European Commission. The editorial cited a previously-secret letter from SAP's chief executive Leo Apotheker sent to Larry Ellison at Oracle which said: "As …
John Oates, 12 Nov 2009
Computer 2000

C2K offers online Microsoft licenses

Computer 2000, the UK arm of Tech Data, is the first distie to offer resellers Microsoft's Open Value Licensing programme through a website. Resellers can access Open Value Licensing through C2K's License Online service, which lets resellers build quotes and order licenses online. Open Value licenses account for 40 per cent …
John Oates, 22 Feb 2007

Microsoft plays ditch a distie

Microsoft is changing its UK channel structure and increasing the number of disties from six to 10. But it's not all good news - the three broad-line distributors Bell Microproducts, C2K and Ingram Micro - face an X-Factor style competition which will see one of them dropped. While all three keep their Microsoft contracts …
John Oates, 24 Oct 2006

Sun founders confess all during walk down workstation lane

Into the Valley Put Scott McNealy and Bill Joy on stage together, and you're already in trouble. Add Andy Bechtolsheim and Vinod Khosla, and you move from trouble to pure information overload. The Computer History Museum last night played host to this foursome that founded Sun Microsystems. There was so much personality - and dare we say it, …
Ashlee Vance, 12 Jan 2006
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Could free massages solve IT skills shortage?

Letters As a nine-year old Pakistani girl passes the exam to become a Microsoft Certified Professional, Bill Gates publicly bemoans the fact that there just aren't enough decent software engineers out there. You, as always, have a few suggestions for Mr. Gates to consider: Why would anyone go into the Computer field these days. Just …
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jul 2005
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Intel to appeal $150m Itanium patent ruling

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Intel Corp is to appeal a judge's ruling yesterday that its Itanium processors infringe on patents owned by Intergraph Corp, risking an additional $100m payout on top of the $150m it has already agreed to pay Intergraph, Kevin Murphy writes Texas District Court Judge John Ward ruled …
ComputerWire, 11 Oct 2002
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MS opens up on Whistler copy protection

The product activation copy protection system that will ship with Whistler and Office 10 will form the basis of a "cross product" protection system for Microsoft software, and the signs are that the company will move heaven and earth to make it stick. Speaking to The Register earlier today Microsoft product manager, licensing …
John Lettice, 22 Jan 2001
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Ingram exults over results

Ingram Micro saw Q3 earnings jump 146 per cent on revenues up 13 per cent, on the same period last year. Not bad at all for an industry where you have to run very fast to stand still. Ingram, the world's biggest distie, produced net income of $38.9 million, against $15.8 million, for Q3, 1999. The company also pushed up margins …
Drew Cullen, 27 Oct 2000