Product licensing briefs


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.

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October 2020
This brief provides an introduction to Microsoft Per Core licensing models and the Microsoft software products that use them.
 
October 2020
Explains how Robotic Process Automation impacts the licensing needs for Microsoft customers.
 
September 2020
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-package product (FPP) license rights.
 
September 2020
Microsoft 365 is a per-user licensing option that includes Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft 365 is available in two options, E3 and E5.
 
September 2020
Explains how Multiplexing may impact the licensing needs of Microsoft software and online service products.
 
September 2020
Outlines Microsoft’s new Robotic Process Automation (RPA) capability in Power Automate, called UI flows.
 
October 2017
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.
 
June 2017
Explains the rights that are granted to all Volume Licensing customers to copy software onto multiple devices from one standard image.
 
December 2015
A comprehensive list of Microsoft software licenses and dependent licenses (the "software stack") required under the terms of Volume Licensing programs.
 
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.
 
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."
 
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