Microsoft aims to reduce 'complex' software licensing

Microsoft aims to reduce 'complex' software licensing

Summary: The company's managing director has said it is making an effort to reduce the number of license options to make choices easier for customers

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Microsoft UK's managing director Gordon Frazer agreed that the company's software licensing is complicated, but said it is making an effort to reduce the number of licence options, to make it easier for customers to understand what software they're buying and how to get the best value for money.

In an exclusive interview with ZDNet UK's sister site, Frazer said the number of licensing options Microsoft has means it offers choice "and choice, by definition, comes with a certain amount of complexity". Frazer told "If we only had one model, and the one and only model we had was 'pay x per user per month', that's a great model: but doesn't necessarily suit everybody for everything."

"We've reduced the number of licensing programmes we have significantly. We've reduced the complexity of those. The amount of terms and conditions, clauses, etc, on our contracts is something we continue to focus on reducing over time," he added.

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  • Microsoft has made this promise in the past, yet they have failed to make it simple enough for users to comprehend what they need to buy in order to stay legal. Hopefully this time they actually follow through. It's been brought up that Microsoft has purposely not fixed the licensing programs because keeping it as-is encourages companies to overpay for licensing.