Reimaging Rights

Hi, For as long as I have been answering licensing question, one topic that keeps coming up is reimaging rights, and the do’s and don’ts, so I thought I would take some time to explain this. Reimaging is the copying of software onto multiple devices from one standard image. Reimaging rights are granted to all…

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Platform Independent Licensing

Hi, I thought that the following information on platform independent licensing might be of interest to you as I have been asked some questions on this recently Microsoft Excel, Office Standard Edition, Office Professional Edition, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Word and Works are “platform independent” licenses. A platform independent license allows for a specific product to…


Visual Studio 2008 Beta now available

Hi there!   All of us here in the Developer & Platform Group are really excited to introduce the newest version of Visual Studio. We would love for Irish developers to be the first to check it out!   Visit www.microsoft.ie/vs2008 to get your free beta version of Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite! You will…


What Products Need Volume License Keys

Hi, Lately I have received lots of calls and emails in relation to volume license keys, people not being able to find them and wondering what they can do. Not all Volume Licensing products require a key. Some products have a built-in key; this is known as "prepopulating the Product ID (PID)." Some Volume License…


Best way to license Windows Server and Exchange Server

Hi, this is a question we often get asked: What is the best way to license Windows Server and Exchange Server for testing purposes? Answer :Development or testing environments are probably best licensed through Visual Studio 2005 licenses and the Application Lifecycle Management tools, ie VS2005 Team Suite products. These products have development-specific licensing agreements…


Send all you developer licensing questions to vs-irl@microsoft.com

Hi, Send all your developer licensing question to  vs-irl@microsoft.com We are keen to hear any queries that you may have and will post the questions and answers here so keep an eye out!  Talk soon, Olive


Calling Out To All Web Development Companies & Agencies

Hi, There is a new addition to the Partner Program that I thought would be of interest to all of you who develop or design for the web. Have you heard of the Action Pack? Well the Action Pack has been around for a few years now and like Empower is one of our best…


Licensing Overview for Outsourcers and Managed Service Providers

Hi, With more and more people enquiring about the licensing around hosted services and providing software as a service I thought it would be useful to discuss the licensing and answer some frequently asked questions. Microsoft provides for two distinct types of software use rights relevant to outsourcers and managed service providers (collectively, “outsourcer[s]”): ·…

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Microsoft Ireland Events

http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/events/default.mspx Hi, I know it’s not always easy to find out about our events so I thought it might be handy to have this link. It is constantly updated with new events so just keep an eye out for them! Cheers, Olive


Screencast on the Empower Program for ISVs

Hi, this is a short screencast on the benefits of the Empower Program for Independent Software vendors. My colleague, Clare Dillon, tells you a little about the Empower program and how it can help your business. As you probably know there are some new products out soon – Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and…

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