Gartner Research

Microsoft Roaming Use Rights: Where They Can Save Money and Where They Can't

Published: 09 February 2012

ID: G00228654

Analyst(s): Michael Silver

Summary

Roaming Use Rights is a benefit of Software Assurance on Microsoft Windows client and Office products that is difficult to understand. Organizations that use roaming rights properly can save money, but those that use it improperly will be out of compliance.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Impacts

Analysis

  • Impact: Microsoft's Addition of Roaming Use Rights to Devices Licensed for Windows Client and Office With Active SA Will Push IT Organizations to Implement Processes to Understand Usage Needs and Ensure Compliance
  • Impact: IT Organizations That Need Roaming Rights and Allow SA to Expire Would Need to Repurchase Licenses at Full Price, Because Roaming Rights Will Also Expire
  • Impact: The Limitation of Roaming Use Rights to Devices Not Managed by the Organization or on an Organization's Premises Will Be Difficult for IT Organizations to Adhere to and Enforce

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