The February 2021 edition of Microsofts Product Terms Document will be the last.
A little under two years ago we reviewed Microsofts new approach to licensing terms in our June 2019 blog here - now its being further revamped.
As announced on the front page of the February PT document:
Please note this is the last Product Terms Word document. Going forward, the terms will be published on the Product Terms site available at https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/terms/productoffering. Archived versions will continue to be available. For more details, go to https://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/product-licensing/products.
What does it look like - the landing page as shown below:
So quite clear and compact, although you will need to be quite savvy with their license programs and models to get the most out of using it.
... and when put to the test?
We decided to take on one of their more convoluted product licensing models - Power BI - and, well, it didn't seem any simpler. With prerequisites like "Power Automate per user with attended RPA plan, or Power Automate per flow plan" (ok...), and Extended Use Rights such as "Power Apps Portals that map to licensed Dynamics 365 application context and, Power Apps Portals that map to the same environment as the licensed Dynamics 365 application" (right...), the format might have changed but the content is still not that intuitive is it?
So while access to dynamic and current licensing information is always a good thing, simpler licensing models and metrics would we think resonate much better with software customers in general. After all, we all want to be compliant, so why make it so hard we wonder - any thoughts / comments ?$$?