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Microsoft Partners Bracing For Windows 8 VDI Licensing Backlash


By Kevin McLaughlin, CRN

April 23, 2012 7:58 PM ET Microsoft partners are bracing for customer angst over the software giant’s new license requirement in Windows 8, which stands to raise costs for organizations that use Apple iPads and other non-Windows tablets to access virtual desktop infrastructure.

With Windows 8, Microsoft is adding a new Software Assurance option called a Companion Device License (CDL), which gives customers the right to access corporate desktops through virtual desktop infrastructure on up to four personally owned devices. SA customers who use iPads and Androids to access VDI will need to buy the CDL, but customers using tablets running Windows RT, the version designed for ARM processors, will not.

Microsoft partners who have longed for the company to adopt simpler VDI licensing terms say this latest wrinkle has ominous implications.

“There is going to be a very large uproar from corporate customers,” said Bob Venero, CEO of Future Tech, a Holbrook, N.Y.-based solution provider. “You have companies out there that already have invested millions in iPads and other tablets, and now they’re going to have to pay more to access virtual Windows desktops.”

via Microsoft Partners Bracing For Windows 8 VDI Licensing Backlash.

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