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This edition of TechNet Flash focuses on a topic that has received wide attention on our blog. We will centre on Licensing... hence the title ‘Cutting through the red tape’. We’ve brought in interesting articles from our Licensing experts and partners to give you a comprehensive range of Licensing information all in one place. Browse through the top stories and featured article to get great information, top tips and much more.

I’ve updated the events section so check that out as you don’t want to miss out on local events in your area! We still have lots of things for you to get involved with on the TechNet UK Twitter account, Facebook page and blog so check in with us regularly!

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What's the difference between OEM, Retail and Volume Licenses?
When it comes to purchasing licenses there are a number of different channels that you can purchase through. These are FPP (Full Packaged Product), OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and Volume Licensing. So what are the key differences between the channels, and what impact do they have on your licensing rights?

Because it is the usage rights you receive with the software that mainly distinguish between the channels.

Let us start off by looking at FPP licenses.

FPP licenses are purchased from retail and provide a quick and convenient way for customers requiring less than five licenses to purchase their software. Licenses sold through FPP are either full licenses or upgrade licenses.

A full license does not require any pre-existing versions of the software to be on the machine it is installed on, whereas an upgrade license allow you to cost effectively upgrade to a newer version of software that you are already licensed for.
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Licensing applications to run on employee devices
How are applications licensed to run on employee’s own devices? When we think about Office nowadays we need to consider Office 2013 and Office 365 ProPlus. I am going to start with Office 2013, the on-premises licensing option for the new Office.

Office 2013 is licensed Per Device. This means every device that runs Office 2013 needs a license to do so, irrelevant of whether Office 2013 is installed locally on that device, or whether Office 2013 is being delivered to that device in another manner, such as via RDS or VDI. So for any device that is on the corporate premises accessing Office 2013 you would need to purchase an Office 2013 license.
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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – What are the licensing implications?
PCs in organisations are licensed per device with Windows 8 Pro, when you add SA this allows you to host the desktop on a server to then be virtualised onto the licensed client machine using the VDA rights. Software assurance is a vital part of the VDI licensing story!
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How does Windows 8 licensing work at home?
When it comes to the licensing of Windows 8 we need to think about the flexibility of how we can deliver Windows 8 to a client device and the opportunities it gives us as users to work in different locations and on different devices. Yet whilst we may love the flexibility of working in different locations on multiple devices, we do need to be aware of the impact it will have on the licensing of Windows 8.
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Windows Server 2012 Licensing – Made Simple
With Windows Server 2012, organisations receive the capabilities they need to meet today's ever changing IT requirements through a fundamental shift toward cloud computing. The Windows Server 2012 licensing MVA course covers how to license Windows Server 2012, and will assist you in understanding which edition is the right solution for your organization and how to migrate from earlier editions of Windows Server.
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Whitepaper: Evaluating Microsoft's Protection Performance and Capabilities
This paper helps customers with their performance and capability evaluation. It gives an overview into how the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) works to help protect our customers and their systems. It describes how the MMPC measures its effectiveness, and it describes how long-term investments in gathering telemetry, automated processing of malware, and cloud-based protection are helping protect customers and their systems.
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