Tuesday , September 19 2017

Microsoft drops its Enterprise Advantage licensing program before it begins

In July, Microsoft  has announced plans to add a new purchasing option to its Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) licensing plan. But even before that a new option went live in early 2017, Microsoft apparently has dropped it.

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I discovered the removal of any references to the Enterprise Advantage thanks to  the Directions on Microsoft tweet on December 5.

“References to ‘Enterprise Advantage on MPSA’ removed from  the Microsoft.com; widely promoted integration of EA (Enterprise Agreement) with MPSA cancelled,” said the @On_MS_Licensing account on Twitter.

Announced July 1, Enterprise Advantage on MPSA was meant to bring the traditional Enterprise Agreement terms and offers to MPSA. The coming plan is meant to appeal especially to the mid-size organizations who want an option of doing organization-wide purchasing.

Enterprise Advantage on MPSA was scheduled to be available to any and all  the commercial customers in the markets where MPSA is available but was expected to be of particular interest to the customers with between the 250 to 2,400 users or the devices, according to Microsoft.

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MPSA is Microsoft’s licensing/purchasing agreement that is meant to enable the users to consolidate various licensing contracts into “a single, non-expiring agreement for all organizations.” Enterprise Advantage on MPSA was designed to replace the software-centric licensing and the purchasing agreements with something simpler that would appeal to the customers using a mix of Microsoft software and services.

I asked Microsoft officials why they’d decided to drop Enterprise Advantage. The short answer seems to be Microsoft decided it would add unnecessary complexity.

Here’s the full statement from a spokesperson

Microsoft officials have said there are no plans to eliminate Enterprise Agreements, however, Microsoft did increase the minimum windows volume licensing commitment to 500 from 250 users or devices earlier this year.

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