Articles about Software Licensing

Nope, there's no money in on-prem software licensing...

Microsoft may be making life harder for enterprise volume licensing resellers but there’s still money to be made from flogging on-premise software in the old way. Just ask Bytes Group. The Surrey-based specialist has filed its results for the year ended 28 February, and they reveal a business whose waistline is expanding from …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2015

You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

Apple's battle to avoid handing over user data to the US government has taken an unwelcome turn, with the Feds claiming in court that Cupertino's license agreement gives it the right to do what the government tells it. In a case being heard by US Federal Court magistrate James Orenstein, the government has argued that the …

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
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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

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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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
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Time to lop off Europe's confusing IT rules, says pressure group

EU lawmakers will be pressed for clearer rules on software licensing, support contracts from IT vendors, and intellectual property by the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL). The group has formed a strategic relationship with the non-profit Free ICT Europe to lobby Brussels to shift the balance of power away from major IT firms …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Oct 2015
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Software licensing, virtualisation and the cloud

Tech Panel 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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Financial Conduct Authority wastes £3.2m on unnecessary Oracle licences

The banking regulator responsible for ensuring good behaviour in the world of finance may need to get its own house in order, at least when it comes to software licensing. The Financial Conduct Authority has admitted to wasting £3.2m on Oracle licences it did not need, according to This is Money. Oracle offered the FCA …
Kat Hall, 10 Sep 2015
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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. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Dec 2013

Infosec bods Flexera snap up Secunia's cybersecurity knowhow

Flexera Software has acquired vulnerability management tools firm Secunia, although terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, are undisclosed. Adding Secunia’s technology to Flexera's existing software licence solutions will transform software asset management practices, according to the US software licensing company. Secunia’s …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015
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Half the staff go gardening at the now not-so-jolly Jolla

Finnish phone company Jolla has confirmed it has put half of its 100-odd staff on gardening leave, after hitting financial problems. Jolla was founded in 2012 by former Nokians who took on the abandoned (and slightly fire damaged) platform MeeGo, along with a lot of Finnish state aid and Nokia cash. The idea was to take the …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2015

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

Angry devs hit out at JetBrains over shift to subscription pricing

Developer tools vendor JetBrains has run into a storm of protest over its announcement of subscription pricing from 2 November 2015. JetBrains sells a number of popular IDEs, including IntelliJ IDEA for Java, PHPStorm for web development, AppCode for Objective-C and Swift, and CLion for cross-platform C/C++. Currently …
Tim Anderson, 15 Sep 2015

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

Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

Software providers such as Microsoft and Oracle are aggressively targeting public sector customers with licence "audit reviews" in a bid to plug falling subscription revenue, according to research. Over one-third of the 436 councils surveyed across the UK have been subject to at least one software licence review in the last 20 …
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2015

Phew! Brits escape Azure price hikes as rest of world bears the brunt

Blighty has dodged the price hike bullet that Microsoft is set to fire into Europe and Australia, which will see customers paying more for Azure cloud services - much more, in fact. As revealed this morning, appreciation of the US dollar compared to the Euro and the Aussie dollar will lead to price jumps of eleven and 26 per …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2015

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

No one trusts Oracle, shrieks CCL as cloudy ball misses its goals

Oracle’s cloud growth hinges on overcoming “deep-rooted mistrust” of its core customer base. That’s according to software-licensing pressure group, the Campaign for Clear Licensing. “If Oracle does not address these concerns then the company’s ability to meet its stated $1bn cloud sales target next year, together with the …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jan 2015
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Wading through the software licensing minefield

Desktop 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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Insight grabs EMEA sales and marketing veep

Insight has plucked a former Microsoft licensing honcho to run its sales and marketing function across EMEA, at a time when it is looking to move well beyond straight software transactions. Alexander Kaatz is joining the reseller titan to fill the shoes vacated by Ashley Gatehouse, who departed last autumn along with a bunch of …
Paul Kunert, 04 Aug 2014
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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

BPO playa Liberata stitches together its resellers' hit squads

Liberata has lobbed together its Microsoft licensing arm Trustmarque and cloudy biz Trinity, with the latter’s brand name set to disappear from view. The business process outsourcing firm added to its technology portfolio last summer with the speedy buy of Trustmarque, which changed accounting practises and then found itself …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2015
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BlackBerry can't catch a break: Now it's fending off Jeep hacking claims

BlackBerry has denied rumors that its software might have played a role in the infamous "Jeep hack," saying it's "unequivocally" not true. In July, security researchers revealed that certain cars built by Fiat Chrysler were vulnerable to potentially life-threatening remote attacks, thanks to a flaw in the automaker's uConnect …
Neil McAllister, 11 Aug 2015

Jolla chief quits: Fawning Putin lickspittles to take over?

Jolla co-founder, COO and figurehead Marc Dillon has quit the Finnish phone outfit. Jolla was created as Sailfish and escaped from the burning platforms of Nokia to develop the MeeGo (formerly Maemo) Linux OS for phones. Nokia abandoned that, taking key developers to the startup. This year, it sidelined hardware design to …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2015

Think enterprise software is complex? Check out the licences

Analysis 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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Hey Amazon, why so expensive for SQL Server in your cloud?

Licensing Microsoft’s SQL Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS) costs much more than it does on other cloud platforms, according to a customer who has researched the options. A SQL Server licence typically costs more than the VM (Virtual Machine) on which it is hosted, so it is significant when evaluating cloud providers ( …
Tim Anderson, 02 Feb 2015

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

Comment 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

Trustmarque ready to rock n roll in tech channel again

Interview With the branding issue out of the way, an enlarged Trustmarque has cut costs, embedded the exec team and is hiring - a far cry from the less than certain outlook for the business last summer. The York-based organisation this week merged with sister company Trinity, forming a £170m turnover technology wing of business process …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2015
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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

Open ... and Shut 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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Paying for software

Reader Study 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

Lab 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
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Big Blue embiggens little iron to match the march of the Xeon

IBM wants to win the spec-war with Chipzilla: in response to a growing number of x86 vendors pitching four-socket Haswell-EX-based mobos, Big Blue has announced the Power E850. This four-socket system is a shot back at announcements already made by HP, Dell, Oracle, Fujitsu and NEC, with World+Dog presumably queuing up to follow …
Team Register, 12 May 2015
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MS Azure Stack. It's like Azure Pack but with even more cloudiness

Microsoft announced the Azure Stack at its Ignite event earlier this month, for running something like Azure on-premises, but how does it differ from the existing Azure Pack, which kind-of does the same thing? The answer goes to the heart of how Microsoft is changing to become a cloud-first company, at least within its own …
Tim Anderson, 18 May 2015
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Amazon whisks desktop apps into cloud bazaar in virty PC push

AWS Summit Amazon Web Services cut its teeth providing data center infrastructure in the cloud, but lately it's made some coin serving up virtual desktops, too. Now it has expanded that offering with new services that allow IT admins to purchase and manage desktop applications via AWS. Amazon first jumped into the virtual desktop …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2015
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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

The joy of software licensing on the desktop

Workshop 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: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

Microsoft reported revenues that beat estimates for Q1 of fiscal 2015, boosted by strong growth in cloud and mobility. But its solid-looking numbers belied ongoing softness in its traditional core markets. Total revenues for the three months ending on September 30 were $23.20bn, a 25 per cent year-on-year increase but flat …
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2014
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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

US titans roll out the numbers... wow, reselling is a tough game

Calendar Q1 numbers are out for shape-shifting resellers Insight Enterprises and Systemax, with the former reporting flat sales and profits but the latter faring much, much worse. Both are trying to rapidly develop services operations based on consulting, managed services and the cloud to replace commoditised or 'empty calorie' …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2015

Insight CEO: We've found bottom line balm to soothe Microsoft pain

Microsoft’s heftiest enterprise licensing pal Insight Enterprises is now managing the biting fee reductions emanating from Redmond to such an extent that it feels enough comfort to lift bottom line forecasts for 2014. In contrast, as the reseller titan rolled out Q2 numbers showing revenues stagnation, it pulled down estimates …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2014
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Licensing in virtual systems still making us ill

Lab 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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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

Exclusive 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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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
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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

IBM tells channel types 'stick with us, you'll be millionaires'

IBM is going through massive changes to shift its business towards the cloud. It desperately needs channel partners to come along for the ride, so this week threw out a bunch of initiatives that it reckons will help. In a global exclusive last month, we revealed the creation of Big Blue’s One Channel, and at the PartnerWorld …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015
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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
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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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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