Downgrade Rights Complicate Microsoft Licensing Compliance

          Downgrade Rights Complicate Microsoft Licensing Compliance

  PR Newswire

  KIRKLAND, Washington, Jan. 29, 2013

- Versions, Editions and Downgrades Key to Microsoft Licensing

KIRKLAND, Washington, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers licensed for the
current version and edition of a Microsoft product often need to use an
earlier version or different edition of that product instead. The licensing
rules governing such substitutions, called downgrade rights, can be
complicated and unintuitive. As a result, customers trying to exercise their
downgrade rights frequently put their organizations out-of-compliance with
their Microsoft license agreements .

According to Rob Horwitz, a licensing expert at Directions on Microsoft , an
independent IT planning and information service focused exclusively on
Microsoft technologies, downgrade rights can vary widely according to the
particular Microsoft product line, including the particular version and
edition purchased, and where the license was acquired, including Microsoft's
retail, OEM, and Large Account Reseller channels. Horwitz warns "Organizations
that do not understand Microsoft's downgrade rights and other her rules
associated with product versions and editions can trigger expensive compliance
issues or waste resources on unnecessary license purchases."

The fundamentals of Microsoft downgrade rights are explained in a new
Directions on Microsoft licensing guide " Understanding Microsoft Downgrade
Rights ". The report provides clear explanations of key concepts and terms
software asset managers must understand to properly exercise their Microsoft
downgrade rights. It also explains how to avoid the most common mistakes
related to downgrading Microsoft software.

A copy of the full report is available: Understanding Microsoft Downgrade
Rights

Directions on Microsoft is an independent IT planning and information service
focused exclusively on Microsoft technologies, roadmaps and licensing since
1992. Directions is best known for its Microsoft Enterprise Software Roadmaps
and Microsoft Licensing Guides . Their two-day Microsoft Licensing Boot Camp
teaches Microsoft customers how to effectively license Microsoft products such
as Windows Server, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and Office as well as
maximize the ROI on their Microsoft Enterprise and Select agreements.

Contact Ellie Thompson at: Info@DirectionsonMicrosoft.com

Website: http://www.directionsonmicrosoft.com
 
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