Microsoft offers two licence options

Microsoft is offering enterprise users two new ways to license.

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Microsoft is offering enterprise users two new ways to license.

The new VECD (Vista Enterprise Centralised Desktops) provides a way for IT directors to deploy and run Windows Vista Enterprise in virtual machines on server hardware. Windows is centrally executed in the data centre and delivered out to either PCs or thin clients.

The discless model supports installations where Vista is run from a central server.

Scott Woodgate, director in the Windows Business Group said, “The licence to use discless PCs is available at no charge for Windows Vista Enterprise customers – it’s essentially a change to the existing Software Assurance licence, providing customers more flexibility.”

VECD is available to businesses running Software Assurance for an annual, per-device subscription fee. The fee varies based on whether the business is licensing PCs or thin client, Woodgate said.

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