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Microsoft's Product Use Rights and Product List Combine as Monthly Product Terms That May Surprise the Unwary

Published: 17 August 2015

ID: G00289869

Analyst(s): Frances O'Brien, Marie Sienkowski, Stephen White

Summary

Microsoft continues to simplify its licensing by combining two contractual documents. However, simpler is not always better for all. Technology procurement leaders should remain vigilant for use right changes and more ambiguous license rules.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The possibility of monthly changes in the Microsoft Product Terms document will force technology procurement leaders to devote more time deciphering license use rights or else risk unbudgeted costs
    • Download the Product Terms Document Monthly
    • Monthly Publication Increases the Time Required to Plan for Change
  • Although Microsoft continues to simplify its licensing, the company has also introduced more ambiguity in this latest set of changes, making it more challenging for procurement leaders to maintain compliance
    • Heavy Reliance on Noncontractual Documents Remains
    • Sacrificing Clarity for Brevity

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