There are two ways to move your Enterprise Agreement (EA) to the Office 365 subscription
Obviously is an important topic these days as it is difficult to understand how you will be able to continue your EA investment and control costs during your way to the Cloud.
Every Office 365 plan as an equivalent on the CAL side to your EA, if your EA includes CALs. If you transition to an equivalent during the term then there is no increase of cost. However if you transition to an Office 365 option that includes more than your current EA you will incur into additional costs however highly discounted.
So basically there are two options for you
Move to Office 365 on equivalent subscription and continue annual payments until renewal
Increase licensing at a discounted price
True licensing experts could help you on the transition (ask me how @mslicensing or email me)
it is important to evaluate what can go Office 365 and which licenses will have to remain on the EA, specially if you create a hybrid model on your infrastructure.
Twitter users can be deceiving, is a global conversation anyways so you get every kind of opinion and that is the beauty of it.
Now, if we are rational about Windows 8 release what kind of things we can expect from Microsoft windows 8 release?
That is not Vista: so there will be no push for getting out of Windows 7 as soon as possible, like Vista tried with XP
That is multi device, built for the new OS demand, tablet/phone/pc
That is made to gain the hearts and minds of consumers more than IT professionals: because the home use is dictating and will dictate IT needs in organizations with the millennial generation
So with this things in mind better or worse than Android or iOS one things is certain, windows 8 brings the modernization of Microsoft to copy best practices from competitors such as Apple and the ipad device, as Microsoft is releasing their first tablet the “Surface”.
Where the power relies is on the integration of applications that are made for windows by Microsoft itself. It is the great integration of applications that will make windows8 successful towards others, and it will gain momentum in the corporate world first.
Yes the tile format offers a different approach to the user and may be likeable or not, I have no doubt it will be criticize however I think that is for Microsoft a step in the right direction
I would like to notice that the license is available in the usual channels and also in the Intune subscription, this interesting move makes me wonder how “device free” this is becoming, is a shift on licensing mentality that I welcome as will bring more possibilities to the market