We live in an Application driven IT world. Whether its our Cloud-based phone apps, our computer apps, or the applications in our servers and hosted datacentres, everything is moving towards applications that will improve our productivity. Technical complexity is increasing rapidly and we are consuming more applications than ever before.
I have come to understand the value of application packaging. Initially, I thought it was simply creating an automated process of imaging applications to be delivered. However, I have to come to realize that its a lot more than that. Application packaging:
Allows one to conform to standards despite their edition and version.
Provides the ability to test applications before moving to production.
Delivers the same application, yet tailored to specific needs or departments.
Provides process and characteristic documentation without having to spend hours writing and collecting screen shots.
Enables a licensing person, through the process, to control and manage assets (Software Asset Management (SAM)).
For this reason it is now part of what I envision to provide my clients. That vision is to deliver a robust strategy that not only takes care of SAM inventory and reconciliation, but also goes to the root and applies application packaging best practices.
Office for Home cannot be used in a Business
the Terms and Conditions are clear, and with the upcoming release of Office 13 that will surely have a free upgrade path buying a PC in the next month or so some businesses may delay pc purchase
Volume Licensing with Software Assurance will grant the upgrade right for businesses.
I recommend a quick read to the following blog
Home and Business edition has no limit of users but cannot enjoy Volume Licensing rights for imaging for example.
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
Recently I spoke to a client looking to roll out Windows 7 that for several years has used Wyse terminals for thinclients. That was before Wyse started a relation with Microsoft for offering an embeded OS on teh Thinclients
Result: they were streaming a “vanilla”Xp from the server without a Volume License Windows or OEM
Terminal Server CALs or Remote Desktop Services CALs are NOT OK to substitute Windows OEM on the desktop or laptop
Get Genuine Agreement had to be put in placed
Here is a list of qualified OS.
Remember if you dont have OEM you better check out on compliance
As requested, you can see below only OEM from MS or Apple are qualified on devices for Microsoft licensing
The qualifying operating systems by Program type are: