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Quick Take: Microsoft Cleans Windows Licensing And Reveals A Path To VDI

Microsoft's New Per-User Subscription License Enables Use On And From Multiple Devices, Both Locally And/Or Virtually

October 31, 2014


Why Read This Brief

Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals who set client device strategies for their organizations should welcome Microsoft's new option of a user subscription license (USL) for Windows. Not only does it reglaze Windows licensing's obsolete, translucent (if not opaque) by-device model; it also marks a major shift in Microsoft's attitude to virtual Windows desktops on non-Windows devices. This report will explain what the new USL means for I&O leaders considering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs.

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