Microsoft began informing its Enterprise Agreement customers about changes to licensing back in December 2015 and is now ready to tell everyone else.
A blog post today from Richard Smith, General Manager for Microsoft World Wide Licensing and Pricing, describes the changes, and how they will affect current and future customers.
Here’s a few bullet points to highlight the important pieces of the message:
- When: Takes effect on July 1, 2016.
- Commercial customers signing new Enterprise Enrollments or Enterprise Subscription Enrollments will increase from 250 users or devices to 500.
- New commercial customers within the 250 to 499 user or device range will be recommended to sign agreements for modern volume licensing solutions: The Microsoft Product and Services Agreement (MPSA) and the Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP).
- At expiration of the current EA term, existing customers with fewer than 500 users or devices can transition to MPSA or CSP, or extend their current EA by 36 months.