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Licensing brief: Self-hosted applications

Applies to all Volume Licensing programs


Microsoft offers a choice of licensing models for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that want to provide their own software as a hosted service. These ISVs are commonly known as a “Self-Hosted ISVs,” and there are two ways they may license their software. This guide will outline these two licensing models by describing the benefits of the SPLA program, and by providing an in-depth look at the “Self Hosted Applications” use right and its requirements.

What’s new in this brief

This brief replaces a previous version published in December 2013. In February 2016, we updated the Self-Hosted Applications use rights to allow delivery of ISVs’ Unified Solution from multi-tenant servers for the first time. This allows customers to combine Self-Hosting rights with License Mobility through Software Assurance rights and the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

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