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Microsoft now licenses Windows on a per user basis

Windows 7 is also included in the deal.
Windows 7 is also included in the deal.

Microsoft now allows enterprise users to get windows on a per-user basis rather than on a per-device one as it was historically the case.

The change means that employees will be able to "use or access Windows Enterprise across all their devices" and will remove a massive burden on system administrators.

That's because they won't need to track every single device and license, especially if their organisations embrace the BYOD (Bring your own device) paradigm.

Any device running Windows 7/8/8.1 Pro and enterprise and any tablet with a diagonal screen of 10.1-inch is now included in that flexible access programme through Windows Software Assurance and Windows Virtual Desktop Access.

The change is likely to encourage businesses to offer the ability to their end-users multi-device setup. We don't know whether Microsoft pushed up the price of Windows as a consequence but if what happened to Office 365 can be an indication of Microsoft's strategy, then unlikely would be the answer.

Microsoft's license includes one desktop/laptop as well as one tablet, so in essence you can run two devices concurrently from one license.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.