Gartner Research

How to Minimize Office Licensing Costs for BYOD Under a Microsoft EA

Published: 22 April 2014

ID: G00261685

Analyst(s): Michael Silver

Summary

Organizations that include Office in their Microsoft Enterprise Agreements must pay careful attention to which bring-your-own-device items (including phones and tablets) are considered qualified devices. All QDs require an Office license, even if no one ever uses the device to run or access Office.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • IT managers licensing Microsoft Office in a standard EA commit to pay for Office for every QD, whether the user or device runs or accesses Office or not
    • QD Rules
    • The Windows Connection
    • Office Licensing
    • The Organization Bears the Burden of Proof in an Audit
    • How to Decide What You Need

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