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Qualified Devices Count When Licensing for BYOD Under Microsoft's Enterprise Agreement

Published: 23 January 2014

ID: G00259380

Analyst(s): Michael Silver


In Microsoft Enterprise Agreements, the term "qualified device" dictates which devices must be included in EA contracts, but its definition can be interpreted in different ways. IT leaders who plan bring-your-own-device programs need to know whether these devices should be included in their EAs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Qualified Device Matters Most
  • Definitions


  • Understand What Constitutes a Qualified Device
    • Definition of Management for Qualified Devices
  • Negotiate for a Contract Amendment Excluding Devices That Don't Need the Benefit of the Software in the EA
    • Convenience, Potentially at a Price
  • Balance Licensing Cost With Asset-Tracking Complexity

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