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Get important licensing news, announcements, and information about training, readiness, programs, and products. Also, learn more about Microsoft Payment Solutions tools and resources.
 
 

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Read the latest updates from Microsoft Volume Licensing.

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Sideloading update

As organizations continue to adopt and build Windows 8 applications, Microsoft is making changes to minimize the requirements around obtaining sideloading keys for deploying internal line of business apps. Download the resources below to learn more.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM licensing changes

Microsoft Dynamics CRM offers both on-premises and cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) solutions to meet your unique business needs. Microsoft also offers mobile CRM applications and platforms that allow you to manage your customer relationships on your mobile devices, and tools that integrate data and reporting from social media directly into your CRM applications. Download the presentation below to learn about the recent licensing changes for Dynamics CRM.

Dynamics CRM Spring Wave Licensing and Pricing Overview

Windows Intune in Open

Effective April 1, Windows Intune is available in the Open Volume Licensing channels. Download these resources to learn more:

SQL Server 2014 partner resource kit

Review this resource kit to prepare yourself for customer conversations about licensing and readiness for Microsoft SQL Server 2014.


SQL Server 2014 partner resource kit

Windows Embedded 8.1 available in Volume Licensing

Windows Embedded 8.1 is a family of products designed to extend the power and intuitive experience of Windows to industry devices such as kiosks, point-of-sale terminals, tablets, and digital signs. Use this comprehensive set of licensing resources, which have been requested by partners, to help your customers find the best licensing options for their business needs.

Windows 8.1 licensing resource kit

As the latest version of the flagship Microsoft operating system, Windows 8.1 offers the experiences that users love, while delivering enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments need. The Windows 8.1 licensing resource kit is a comprehensive set of the most requested resources to support your customer conversations about licensing and readiness for Windows 8.1.


Windows 8.1 licensing resource kit

Online services use rights made easier

On January 1, 2014, Microsoft simplified and consolidated the online services terms across the Product Use Rights (PUR) and the Online Services Use Rights (OLSUR) documents, so that you can now find all of the information in a single location, the OLSUR document.


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Microsoft Server and Cloud Enrollment LSP resource kit

Effective November 1, 2013, the Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) is available for customers who want to make a commitment to Microsoft Server and Cloud technologies in exchange for best pricing and benefits. SCE replaces the Microsoft Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) and Microsoft Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI). For more information, review the Server and Cloud Enrollment licensing solution provider (LSP) resource kit.


Microsoft Server and Cloud Enrollment LSP resource kit

Partner Quotes tool

Partner Quotes is a new web-based solution for creating Microsoft Volume Licensing quotes and orders. It works in conjunction with the Partner Order Entry Tool (POET) to provide a quick and easy-to-use solution that gives you more direct control of the quoting process. Currently, the tool is only available in the UK, US, and Canada.

Office 365 Add-ons for EA customers

As of August 1, 2013, Microsoft Office 365 Add-on licenses will become a programmatic Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) licensing option and SKUs will appear on the public price list for EA customers. Office 365 Add-ons are a simple, low-cost way for customers to add Office 365 services at any time, for any number of users, to any workload. Use this customer-ready presentation and partner FAQ to learn about the Office 365 Add-on option. For additional product information, visit the Office 365 page.

BizTalk Server 2013 general availability

Learn about pricing and licensing changes for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013.

Office 2013 LSP resource kit

The Microsoft Office 2013 resource kit is a set of resources requested by LSPs to support you in customer conversations about how to license Office 2013. Use the following resources to help you and your customers find the best Office 2013 licensing options for their businesses.

Microsoft Office 2013 LSP resource kit

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 LSP resource kit

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 is now being offered in Volume Licensing. Review the resource kit to make sure you understand the value proposition and licensing and pricing changes. This comprehensive set of licensing resources can help you start discussions with your customers about how to license Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and help them to determine the best licensing options for their businesses.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 LSP resource kit

Windows Intune LSP resource kit

Use this resource kit when you talk with customers about how to buy the latest release of Windows Intune and ensure your customers find the best Windows Intune licensing options for their businesses.

Windows Intune LSP resource kit

Windows Server 2012 LSP resource kit

The Windows Server 2012 licensing resource kit consists of the top comprehensive licensing resources requested by LSPs that have been developed to support you in customer conversations about how customers can buy Windows Server 2012. Accelerate your business and stay ahead of the competition, by using this LSP resource kit to help you and your customers find the best Windows Server licensing options to suit their business needs.

Windows Server 2012 LSP resource kit

SQL Server 2012 licensing resource kit

Help your customers take advantage of innovative data, cloud-computing, and mission-critical features available in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 software. With SQL Server 2012, Microsoft LSPs can:

  • Drive Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) revenue by offering customers the best transition to SQL Server 2012.
  • Increase deal size through selling high-end, tier-one applications.
  • Create up-sell and cross-sell opportunities by offering private cloud solutions with cloud-ready databases.
  • Get higher volume by adding business-critical capabilities to modernize legacy platforms.
  • Expand yield by selling innovative business intelligence (BI) solutions.

Review the resource kit to learn more about SQL Server 2012 pricing and licensing:

Microsoft Office 365 Add-on SKU

Discover a simple, low-cost way for Microsoft Open Value organization-wide and Microsoft Open Value Subscription customers to add Office 365 services.

EAP training presentations and updated FAQ

As of November 1, 2013, EAP is being replaced by Server and Cloud Enrollment.

EAP is a flexible, cost-effective way for large organizations to standardize on the Microsoft Application Platform. Use these resources to get an introduction and overview to the EAP program and its requirements, and learn about the evolving EA, pricing and SKUs, scenarios including true-up pricing and migration paths, EAP-specific Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing benefits, and changes to contracts and paperwork for SQL Server 2012.

ECI training presentations and updated FAQ

As of November 1, 2013, EAP is being replaced by Server and Cloud Enrollment.

Learn more about the benefits of ECI and how acquiring Core Infrastructure Suite licenses can offer significant savings over acquiring Windows Server operating system, Microsoft System Center 2012, and Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection licenses separately:

Training resources for EA and Online Services

Download the following resources to learn about Microsoft Online Services in EA 2011:

Select Plus training and sales resources

Microsoft Select Plus is a flexible licensing solution, recommended for organizations with 250 or more desktop PCs, that offers a cost-effective way to make transactional license acquisitions. Use the following updated resources to learn more about Select Plus and to help your customers to take advantage of Select Plus and the benefits it offers.

Microsoft Payment Solutions training: helping you sell more, more often

Microsoft Payment Solutions helps you to increase your sales, build your customer base, and improve your margins, while helping your customers acquire the latest Microsoft technologies and enabling them to preserve their cash and credit lines. Take the on-demand Microsoft Financing Essentials online tutorial to learn how easy it is to offer IT payment solutions, help boost your Payment Solutions knowledge, and increase results.

Training and readiness

Read the latest updates about licensing training and readiness

Licensing programs and product licensing

Read the latest updates about Volume Licensing programs, product licensing, and Software Assurance.

System Center 2012 licensing

Microsoft Private Cloud, based on Microsoft System Center and Windows Server technologies, can help your organization increase revenue and compete more effectively in today’s marketplace. Use the following resource kit to learn about System Center 2012 licensing and prepare for conversations with your customers.

Volume Licensing brief: Multiplexing—CAL Requirements

Download the Multiplexing—CAL Requirements brief to learn how multiplexing affects the licensing of server operating systems and server products licensed under the server/CAL model.

CAL Suites tipping point calculator

Use the CAL Suites tipping point calculator to compare the costs of procuring CAL Suite technology components individually or through a Microsoft CAL Suite. The calculator compares Microsoft Core CAL Suite and Microsoft Enterprise CAL (ECAL) Suite step-up calculations and incorporates the August 2011 update. Prices in the tool are illustrative, and you should enter your own pricing to use the tool accurately. You can learn more by downloading the following resources:

Enterprise Agreement and Office 365 LSP resource kit

The Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Microsoft Office 365 LSP resource kit provides a comprehensive set of the most requested EA and Office 365 licensing and product resources for LSP-sales, licensing-specialist, and solution-specialist roles. The kit covers licensing topics that include:

  • EA 2011 (July changes)
  • SKUs and pricing
  • Transitions and CALs
  • License reservation

Payment options

Read the latest updates about licensing pricing, Microsoft Payment Solutions, and promotions.

Microsoft Payment Solutions video and case study

Watch the video from Microsoft Payment Solutions to learn how to help customers combine their hardware, software, and services acquisitions, acquire new technology solutions when they need them, and more. Also, review the case study to learn how a global services firm benefited from flexible payments. For more information, visit the Microsoft Payment Solutions page.

Tools and resources

Read the latest updates about licensing tools and resources.

Operational resources for VARs

Find operational resources for value-added resellers (VARs) to help you manage the transactional cycle for Volume Licensing. These materials also offer visibility into upcoming changes in transactional processes, licensing terms, and subscription programs that can have an impact on your business.

Partner videos and case studies

Learn from LSPs about the value of Microsoft Volume Licensing tools and programs such as EA, Select Plus, and Microsoft Payment Solutions.

Updated resources

The following licensing resources have been updated: