In May 2022, Microsoft’s President and Vice Chair Brad Smith announced important changes to Microsoft’s outsourcing and hosting terms. These changes were thought to help customers work with partners more easily, to receive the licenses and subscriptions needed for access to complex, hosted solutions, like desktop solutions.
In 2019, Microsoft updated their licensing terms for outsourcing rights and dedicated hosted cloud services, in order to enhance Microsoft’s new commerce experience and to support the transition from on-premises to the cloud. This, to clarify a distinction between on-premises or traditional outsourcing vs. Cloud services hosting; as well as, to create more consistent terms across multi-tenant and dedicated hosted cloud services with multiple providers.
Furthermore, this latest update potentiates customer’s support for cloud transformation, as well as it gives partners the flexibility to provide better cloud services.
What are the new terms and what’s new in Software Assurance?
- A new Software Assurance benefit that also applies to eligible subscriptions. This will allow customers to virtualize existing server software subscriptions whenever they choose to migrate to the cloud.
- New terms to expand fulfillment options so customers can bring their own licenses to qualified partners, or they can purchase licenses needed as part of the hosted solution from the partner.
*Note: These changes don’t apply to Listed Providers.
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