Microsoft Simplifies Its Volume Licensing Programs

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Microsoft is trying to simplify its complex volume licensing programs and the customer agreements that fall under them as an unprecedented number of volume license customers face renewal decisions this fall. As part of that...

Viacom, Joost strike Content Licensing Deal

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It seems Joost has won the first battle with potential rival YouTube. Viacom, which includes entertainment companies MTV Networks' Comedy Central, Black Entertainment Television and Paramount Pictures, has announced a deal to license its programming...

Vista Licensing Once Again Draws Scrutiny

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Windows Genuine Advantage is a term that grates on the nerves of many, some of who are legitimate legal Windows license holders. Why? Because more than just a few companies and individuals have had their...

Vista Licensing Terms Changed Significantly

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Rejoice PC enthusiasts! In a drastic turn around from it's earlier Vista licensing model releases, Microsoft has announced today that the licensing terms for Windows Vista have been significantly changed to allow for much easier...

The Real Deal: Licensing Changes to Windows Vista

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Thanks to slimy for the submitting this news story to us. Paul Thurott has published an article clarifying the rumours circulating around the Internet about the differences in the EULA of Windows Vista to Windows...

Microsoft Takes Stand on 'Virtual' Licensing

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Microsoft is taking a stand on an emerging technology that threatens to reshape software pricing models. The company on Monday is expected to detail changes to its server product licensing to better...

Microsoft Shakes Up Corporate Licensing

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The company added new benefits to its Software Assurance enterprise licensing plan. Also, enterprises will be requred to sign up for Software Assurance to get Windows Vista Enterprise Edition. Microsoft shook up...

Competitors are Licensing Microsoft Notebook Patents

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In late 2003, when Microsoft Corp. began offering other companies broader access to its patented technologies, the executives leading the effort said they would consider deals with anyone -- even competitors. Turns out they were...

Michael Dell Interested in Licensing Mac OS

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Some interesting news from Fortune Magazine today, as they discussed the upcoming switch to Intel chipsets for Apple computers with Michael Dell – who, notably – said he'd be interested in licensing Apple's Mac OS....

Microsoft aims to clarify licensing terms

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Aiming to make its complex product-licensing terms a bit clearer, Microsoft said it will group its products into separate categories based on how the products are licensed and on what rights are offered. ...

Microsoft Aims New Licensing Program at Entrepreneurs

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Microsoft has created an intellectual-property licensing program aimed at entrepreneurs and small businesses. In exchange for its technology, Microsoft hopes to get a financial stake in the companies that participate. The program, called...

Microsoft opens research lab for licensing

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A start-up started telling the world Monday about its idea for predicting traffic jams, even though it wasn't the company that developed the technology. Rather, the core advances that are launching Seattle...

MS tweaks volume licensing

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Microsoft has made some changes to the terms of its volume licensing agreements, a move it says will give customers more flexibility and choice. The Enterprise Step-up promotion is to become a permanent feature of...

SCO: No New Lawsuits, But Higher Licensing Fees?

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SCO Group recently announced that it will no longer seek legal action against companies running Linux. In lieu of this announcement, companies' interest in protecting themselves from SCO's lawyers has waned. In a...

Microsoft adds to licensing, Software Assurance pot

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Microsoft Corp. Wednesday made another move to improve the value of its controversial volume-licensing program with two updates that add disaster recovery features and hosted services to corporate contracts. On June 1, Microsoft will add...

Microsoft Eyes Pay-as-You-Go Licensing

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Microsoft Corp. officials are mulling potential changes to the company's enterprise volume licensing program that could let large systems integrators and service providers license software on behalf of their largest customers. Enterprises now must negotiate...

Microsoft Changes Software Licensing

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Microsoft on Friday plans to announce changes to a licensing program for software communications protocols it created as part of its landmark antitrust settlement with the U.S. government, the company says. The changes include a...

SCO takes Linux licensing overseas

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Companies outside the United States that use Linux now face the threat of legal action from the SCO Group, following the announcement Wednesday that SCO's licenses are available worldwide. SCO's Linux licensing program...

A FAT Licensing Uproar?

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Analysis Microsoft's recent decision to pursue a royalty-bearing licensing strategy, which includes its internally developed FAT Allocation Table (FAT) file system (define), is stirring up new theories in the technology world. Where many industry watchers...

Opera strikes licensing deal with Adobe

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Adobe Systems Inc. will include the cross-platform rendering engine from niche browser maker Opera Software ASA of Norway in its future products using the Macintosh and Windows operating systems, Opera announced Tuesday. "Our SSR (small-screen...

Microsoft broadens licensing terms

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Microsoft on Friday outlined new terms under which other companies can gain access to Windows protocols, an important element in its antitrust settlement with the federal government. Last week, Microsoft said it...

SCO readies new Linux licensing program

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The SCO Group is preparing a new Linux licensing program that it claims will allow users of the open-source operating system to run Linux without fear of litigation. The program will be announced "within the...

Exchange 2003 to come with new licensing options

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Microsoft will introduce a new per-user licensing option with the release of Exchange Server 2003 later this year, legitimizing the way many companies use existing versions of Exchange. The new license type will be offered...

Microsoft faces new licensing row

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Biggest users of Terminal Server will be worst affected by licensing change Some of Microsoft's biggest customers face extra costs because of licensing changes introduced with Windows Server 2003. Organisations using...

Microsoft plans software licensing revamp

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Microsoft is preparing an April Fools' Day announcement that's no joke. The company plans to change how it licenses the majority of server software, which could significantly reduce a company's cost of running large, multiprocessor...

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