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Microsoft tarts up software licensing to fend off 'a few clicks and a credit card' rivals

Microsoft is trying to make the dark art of software licensing less complicated and more relevant to a cloudier world – but, as always, the devil will be in the detail. The first signs of a Redmond overhaul came at the end of September when it canned Select Plus Agreement rebates for channel partners in favour of the Next …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013

Grey Matter cashes in on solving software licensing mysteries

Grey Matter, a specialist in the dark arts of software licensing, had a decent fiscal 2012 with both the top and bottom lines rising. The Devon-based reseller saw turnover climb by more than a fifth to £26.8m in the year ended 30 June with operating profit rising 15.7 per cent to £793,000 and net profit up 17 per cent to £600, …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2013

Enormo reseller Insight smacked by software licensing slide

International reseller giant Insight Enterprises has been hit hard by plunging PC and software licence purchases and was unable to cut costs quickly enough to offset declining sales and gross profits in a challenging calendar Q2. The numbers for the box-pushing titan were out last night and didn't make for pretty reading: …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2013

SAP vows to unravel user snarl-up over software licensing

SAP is "actively discussing" ways to make its software licensing easier to understand, the software giant has told The Reg. A spokesperson for SAP, the world’s largest maker of business software, said it plans to announce specifics “shortly.” SAP didn’t provide any more details, but the statement follows a damning condemnation …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2012
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Germany: SAP's software licensee conditions are INVALID

A court in Germany has ruled that terms that software giant SAP stipulated in its software licensing contracts were invalid after finding that they ran contrary to EU copyright principles. The regional court of Hamburg upheld complaints made about SAP's licensing terms by German software reseller Susensoftware GmbH. …
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LIVE TODAY: Windows 8 licensing - Speak your brains, believe your eyes

Taking a snow day today? You might want to join your fellow Reg readers in assessing what Windows 8 actually costs. We don’t mean in the sense of estimating the financial fallout of poor Q4 sales for Microsoft and the PC makers, but rather: what do you get for your money? Putting Metro aside and forgetting the fact you must buy …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jan 2013

Backup software bods tempt users with hot new (pricing) model

Canadian backup software provider Asigra has introduced the first backup pricing model with a pay-for-recovery element, effectively - so it says - introducing a price cut. Asigra says its new pricing model is intended to push customers into paying less for the backup capacity licence and more for the recovery part of the data …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2013
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Software licensing, virtualisation and the cloud

If you've got a few minutes to spare, let us know your thoughts on the software licensing models you use today and whether you believe they restrict your ability to serve your users. You can get started by clicking here. This is the rationale for our study, which we will publish in The Register in a few weeks. For most …
Tony Lock, 25 May 2011
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Eurozone death spiral forces Microsoft to ease UK licensing price hike

Microsoft has confirmed that the pending price hike on volume licensing will not be as steep as the initial preview indicated due to the weakening of the Euro currency in recent weeks. At the start of last month, Redmond said it expected UK biz customers would pay between 7.5 per cent and 33.5 per cent more for software …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2012
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Microsoft volume licensing to let you swap iron for clouds

Microsoft is relaxing its volume licensing rules to allow customers to move existing servers to the clouds without paying extra. Dubbed "license mobility", the changes come into effect 1 July. The changes are for customers with Volume License deals through Software Assurance for Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, …
John Oates, 17 May 2011
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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

A series of slides leaked online reveal information about Microsoft's new OEM Activation process for Windows 8, which is designed to make it more difficult to activate illegal copies of Redmond's latest OS. OEM Activation (OA) allows PC manufacturers to ship systems with Windows preinstalled and already activated, so that …
Neil McAllister, 03 Aug 2012

One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform

I was once told by an editor not to waste too much time following Apple and other companies that sold hardware and software together. He was reflecting the conventional wisdom in the late 1990s: any manufacturer that dared to "add value" by integrating its software into its hardware would be destroyed. Microsoft and Dell would …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2013

Think enterprise software is complex? Check out the licences

Enterprises shouldn't be surprised to discover they're having trouble understanding their enterprise licensing agreements. While Oracle, SAP and other big players publicly tout transparency and fairness in their licensing and pricing policies, customers often disagree when they get to the bargaining table or open the results of …
Alex Woodie, 09 May 2013
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Wading through the software licensing minefield

Efficient licence management is crucial for a number of reasons, but they boil down to two: cost containment and legality. According to an IDC survey on software pricing and licensing, conducted in 2010, almost all the respondents believed that some of their software licence expenditure went on either under-used or unused …
Manek Dubash, 15 Apr 2011
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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

Did Microsoft finally get the memo on software licensing? While Microsoft's legal department continues to believe that software licensing is the industry's best business model, its mobile team now acknowledges that software is just one piece of an overall product, and not even the part that consumers buy. With the launch of its …
Matt Asay, 22 Jun 2012
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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

Microsoft is finding out that it doesn't always pay to play nasty with large government customers: NHS procurement bosses are telling authorities and bodies to hold firm against a wave of licensing compliance threats. As exclusively revealed by The Channel last week, Microsoft wrote to all 160 healthcare bodies across England in …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jul 2014
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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

Microsoft is playing hardball with the NHS, threatening trusts and authorities with drastically increased software payments over claimed licence violations. The tough talking comes more than a year after an organisational shift began across the NHS (April '13) saw some Primary Care Trusts and strategic health authorities …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2014
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Paying for software

How many times have you heard cloud computing justified on the grounds of flexibility? Well, as it turns out, this is largely garbage, at least in relation to Software as a Service (SaaS) commercials. It seems that when it comes to hosted apps, 12 months contracts and the ‘ratchet’ principle apply. Flexible, sure, but only to …
Henry Belfont, 01 Aug 2011
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The software licensing minefield

Software vendors make their money from licensing software for individual and corporate use. From the buying perspective, you’d think it could be a simple question of asking how much you need, and working out a price for that. But nothing in IT is ever so straightforward. In France they have an expression – “why do something …
Jon Collins, 02 Jun 2010

Two Xerox houses become one: Pair of copycats now big, fat £57m UK firm

Print integrator Xeretec has wolfed down fellow Xerox house Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) for an undisclosed sum. The deal, which was closed in the wee small hours of this morning, will create a £57m turnover organisation that employs 220 staff across 11 offices in the UK and Ireland, the firms claimed. Darren Spence, UK MD at …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2014

The joy of software licensing on the desktop

One of the joys of working as a manager of desktop and laptop systems is to be found in the weird and sometimes surreal world of software licenses. Not really, of course. In fact, trying to ensure that the organisation is buying only the licenses it requires at the best price, while making sure that no unlicensed applications …
Tony Lock, 18 May 2010
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Microsoft to herd third parties with licensing patent

Microsoft has applied for a US patent that the company hopes will close a loophole when it comes to licensing software to third parties. Redmond put forward its request to patent what it has dubbed the “extensible agent-based license structure” on 25 June 2008. The USPTO published the firm’s application, which is credited to …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2010
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NHS loses massive Microsoft licensing rebate

Software licensing in the National Health Service is about to get a lot more complicated, and a lot more expensive. Back in 2004 the Office of Government Commerce signed a massive deal with Microsoft to provide all desktop software within the NHS. This followed some very high-level lobbying from both Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer …
John Oates, 15 Jul 2010

Blighty's schools shake on new 3-year deal with Microsoft

The Department for Education claims a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft will save schools £10m on licensing over the next three years, in part by "factoring freeware" into the deal. The agreement began 1 January and runs until the end of 2015 giving schools across the UK the option to buy Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2013

HANA on a minute – is that a 10PB RAM cloud server from SAP? IT IS

SAP is cutting off its legs to save its arms by rejigging its software licensing approach for the cloud. The company threw open the doors to a new online marketplace on Wednesday that lets punters to buy and consume its technology in an as-a-service format, as the world's largest maker of business software tried to goose its …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014
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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

Even if Microsoft bosses collectively whistled Always Look on the Bright Side of Life they'd still struggle to drown out people backing Cabinet Office proposals to adopt the Open Document Format as the official standard for UK.gov missives. The good folk of Blighty have until 26 February to make their position known as part of …
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2014
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Licensing in virtual systems still making us ill

We know from extensive research carried out with readers of The Register that in the server arena, virtualisation is moving into the mainstream. We are also beginning to see interest in utilising some form of virtualisation for the delivery of desktop services, although the level of activity is currently far lower than that …
Tony Lock, 11 Feb 2010
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Want a Microsoft cloud subscription? You'll need to be 'committed'

Microsoft has updated its software licensing with a bundle to woo “highly committed” customers who build their clouds using Windows. Redmond’s November price list (PDF) gives loyal customers the option to consume a smorgasbord of serious server and tools software through subscription instead of using the usual site, server and …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Nov 2013

Microsoft licence cops kick in TWICE as many customers' doors as rivals

Microsoft audited far more customers on software licensing than its rivals managed during 2012 - and Redmond is expected to turn the screws further over the next two years. Redmond’s compliance troops swooped on 51 per cent of enterprises and partners polled for the 2012 Software Pricing and Licensing Survey by IDC and sponsored …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Dec 2012

Virtualisation: just a lot of extra software licences?

A colleague of mine recently remarked that x86 virtualisation makes no sense to any organisation that is cost conscious. I am an early adopter of virtualisation and wanted to know what he meant. “When using virtualisation, you are paying for far more software licences than you would if you were to take the time to implement …
Trevor Pott, 16 Nov 2011

VMware squeezes customers for stellar quarter

Despite a wave of executive departures, questions over its ability to make money arming cloud vendors, and a dismal economy at home and abroad, VMware has reported a solid set of financial results, though slow growth in software licensing points to storms ahead. The virtualization company reported combined revenues of $1.24bn on …
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2013
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Sheffield hospitals pay thousands for dodgy software

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are to pay £13,000 for inadequate software licensing, after an ex-staff member reported them to the Federation Against Software Theft. The hospitals had failed to get enough licenses for Esker's SmarTerm emulation software. The failure was reported to FAST by a presumably disgruntled ex-employee of …
John Oates, 06 May 2010
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Becta snuggles up to MS on UK schools licensing shake-up

The UK government’s technology agency has given Microsoft’s launch of the new Subscription Enrolment Schools Pilot (SESP) the thumbs up. Becta said in a statement that the scheme would help improve choice for schools that were mulling subscription agreements with the software giant. SESP builds on Microsoft’s existing School …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jul 2009

HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

HP knew about Autonomy's hardware and reseller sales long before a whistleblower pointed them out and the company wrote down its acquisition by $8.8bn, the Financial Times has claimed (paywall), citing emails and Deloitte audit reports. HP has accused Autonomy of "accounting improprieties, misrepresentations and disclosure …
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Insight inserts Microsoft vet Ebermann into top EMEA slot

Insight Enterprises is set to fill the void left by former EMEA president Stuart Fenton with Microsoft veteran Wolfgang Ebermann. After 22 years at the software titan, most recently as veep and COO for central Eastern Europe, Ebermann will rock up at Insight on 6 January. In a PR blurb, CEO Ken Lamneck, said in typical …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2013
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RIM's Heins beams: BB10 must walk the walk before we talk the talk

RIM will leave the door open for those wishing to license its QNX-powered smartphone operating system - but not just yet. CEO Thorsten Heins has told Die Welt that BlackBerry OS 10 must prove itself in the marketplace before any deals can be cut, but he didn't rule out any agreements. “First we have to fulfil our promises. If …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2013
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Exit stage left: Two more Insight big cheeses clear their desks

Change remains the order of the day at Insight Enterprises after it emerged that another couple of senior figures are on the way out. It has been confirmed that EMEA marketing director Ashley Gatehouse and veep of global sales Frank Bitoun are walking in the footsteps of other execs who have recently been made redundant. …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2013
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Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)

Amazon is bringing its margin-destroying, no-fun business model to the thrilling world of virtual desktop infrastructure – and could upset the balance sheets of traditional VDI providers along the way. The Amazon Workspaces technology was announced today during the inaugural keynote speech for the web bazaar's second-ever re: …
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013
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Microsoft may lift VM licensing restrictions next week

It may have finally dawned on Microsoft that its current software licensing restrictions kill one of the major benefits of virtualization — the ability to move a virtual machine freely about physical servers. According to InfoWorld,, Microsoft may change its licensing policy from one where virtual machines are tied to hardware …
Austin Modine, 14 Aug 2008

Nearly 90% of SAP customers find its cloud pricing confusing

SAP users don't understand the software giant's cloud pricing and more than half think the firm is not offering enough incentives to move online. Eighty per cent of customers don't understand how to upgrade from SAP's on-premises suites to its On Demand offerings or how to combine the two, according to research by the UK and …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2012
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Solarweb-powered Westcoast tidies up MS-licensing act

Westcoast has signed up to distribute Microsoft software through an automated licensing tool called licenseme. Its developer, UK-based Solarweb, says the technology cuts the "high error rates facing many in the channel". In some cases, it claims, 25 per cent of licence orders from the channel are "rejected by vendors due to …
Team Register, 02 Oct 2007
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Study: Most projects on GitHub not open source licensed

Code-sharing website GitHub has grown so popular that it and open source are practically synonymous for many developers. But new research shows that most of the projects now on GitHub are released under license terms that are unclear, inconsistent, or nonexistent, leaving their legal status as open source software uncertain. …
Neil McAllister, 18 Apr 2013
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Office 2013 now on sale for business customers

Office 2013, the latest version of Microsoft's desktop productivity suite, is now available for purchase by business customers, even though individual users won't be able to order it until next year. The final versions of the Office application suite have been available to members of Microsoft's MSDN and TechNet subscription …
Neil McAllister, 03 Dec 2012
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Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!

At last year's Melbourne VMware user group (VMUG) conference, VMware's Mike Laverick opined that IT pros need a home lab these days, because bosses have stopped shelling out for training. Plenty of you agreed with that proposition. Some even showed us their very own home labs. Most used old servers, an arrangement that this …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014

Distributing Microsoft gear in UK? You might not be for much longer

Microsoft has put out to tender its UK distribution contracts in a bid to ascertain if those already on board can be trusted to take the new services and device mantra to market. Seven UK wholesalers were forced to submit responses to an "enormous" Request For Proposal by 10 October and will be sitting on their hands for a month …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013
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Ingram Micro signs CA for software licensing gig

Ingram Micro Europe has signed up Computer Associates for its online Click2License software quotation and purchasing program. Resellers can now buy CA software online through the distributer, according to the Ts&Cs of the vendor’s Open License Program (OLP) and Government License Program (GLP). CA is the fourth software firm to …
Team Register, 13 Apr 2005
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Marketing told us: 'Justin Bieber is a fad. He’s not going to last.' – Company formerly known as RIM

This was the week when former senior BlackBerry bod Vincent Washington claimed the Canadian company turned down an offer from Justin Bieber to be the firm's brand ambassador back at the peak of its popularity. He said: One thing we missed out on was that Justin Bieber wanted to rep BlackBerry. He said: 'Give me $200,000 and 20 …
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Oracle slashes software prices on own iron

Well before Oracle was even close to buying Sun Microsystems, the company was kind enough to tweak its per-core pricing for its eponymous database software to make it competitive on processors with fewer threads and higher clock speeds. Now, the company is making its software pricing less attractive on servers using Itanium 9300 …
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Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

In a reversal of its previously announced policy, Microsoft says it is altering the terms of the retail Office 2013 license to remove the clause that permanently tied each installation of the suite to a single PC. "Based on customer feedback we have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer …
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2013
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Cisco Gold partner Cisilion boosts fiscal 2012 profits

Bottom-line boosting IT services worked well for Cisco Gold house Cisilion in its last fiscal year while hardware and software licensing margins tightened. Results just filed at Companies House show that in the year to 31 May 2012, sales at the Surrey-based network integrator grew 10 per cent to £26m, in line with management …
Paul Kunert, 08 Mar 2013