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Volume Licensing Briefs provide in-depth knowledge of licensing topics. They are particularly useful for learning about complex licensing situations involving new technologies or combinations of products.

  • Licensing Windows Embedded 8

    April 2014

    Windows Embedded 8 is a trusted platform that enables enterprises to delight customers and extend the power and intuitive experience of Windows 8 to specialized devices. This brief explains the options for licensing Windows Embedded 8 editions and key enterprise features.

  • What Are "Qualified Devices"?

    April 2014

    Some Volume Licensing agreements and enrollments provide organization-wide licensing with tiered pricing that can be based on the number of "Qualified Devices." This brief provides a revised definition of a "Qualified Device."

  • Introduction to Per Core Licensing and Basic Definitions

    April 2014

    The purpose of this brief is to provide definitions of key terms related to server licensing and introduce the basics of the Per Core licensing model.

  • Microsoft Software License Dependency Reference Guide

    April 2014

    A comprehensive list of Microsoft software licenses and dependent licenses (the "software stack") required under the terms of Volume Licensing programs.

  • Reimaging Rights

    April 2014

    Explains the rights that are granted to all Volume Licensing customers to copy software onto multiple devices from one standard image.

  • Licensing Windows Intune

    March 2014

    Windows Intune software and services is a unified device management solution that combines both cloud and on-premises capabilities to fit your PC and mobile device management needs. This brief explains your options for licensing Windows Intune.

  • Self-Hosted Applications

    March 2014

    Provides an in-depth look at the “Self-Hosted Applications” use right and its requirements for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that want to provide their own software as a hosted service.

  • Downgrade Rights

    March 2014

    Explains the downgrade rights for the most commonly acquired systems License Terms granted by Volume Licensing programs and how they compare with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and full packaged product (FPP) license rights.

  • Microsoft Licensing for the Consumerization of IT

    March 2014

    The purpose of this brief is to guide users on Microsoft Volume Licensing requirements for common scenarios related to their using various personal devices at work.

  • Microsoft Licensing for the Consumerization of IT - Academic Licensing Scenarios

    March 2014

    The purpose of this brief is to guide users on Microsoft Volume Licensing requirements for common scenarios related to their using various personal devices at work. It focuses on academic licensing scenarios.

  • Step-up Licenses

    November 2013

    Outlines how customers who have Software Assurance can migrate from a lower edition to a higher edition software while maintaining their Software Assurance coverage on a given product.

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