Gartner Research

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

Published: 23 April 2014

ID: G00261686

Analyst(s): Michael Silver

Summary

Traditional versions of Microsoft Office are licensed by device, and even devices that can't run Office need to be licensed if users access Office from them. IT leaders can reduce their Office licensing costs via Roaming Use Rights, Portable Use Rights and Office 365 ProPlus.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

  • Understand Office Licensing to Minimize Costs
  • Balancing Licensing Costs With Asset-Tracking Complexity

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Most installed copies of Office are licensed by device; IT leaders should decide whether users with multiple devices can be covered by the use rights included with Office, whether they need SA or multiple Office licenses, or whether should be enrolled for Office 365 ProPlus
    • How to Decide What You Need

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