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Salesforce users: Big contracts signed early may get you special discounts, but watch out after that

Be prepared for price hikes of as much as 5 percent annually when those new contracts expire, a report suggests

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Google to enterprises: Ditch your Microsoft contract early for us

New program lets businesses use its productivity suite for free while under contract to another company

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Beware of Oracle's licensing 'traps,' law firm warns

Oracle's aggressive licensing practices have gained it considerable notoriety over the years

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Microsoft: Go old-school to lock down Office from changes

Microsoft tells businesses to purchase one-time licenses -- not an Office 365 subscription -- if they don't want to receive constant changes

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Windows 10 license confirms no-warning automatic updates and upgrades

The final form Windows 10 EULA defines rights for pre-installed Office for Windows 10 apps, tells pirates there is no free ride

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Oracle v. Google: We're not screwed yet

Superficially, the Solicitor General's advice to SCOTUS to find against Google and reject its appeal looks like bad news. But there are some substantial straws to grasp

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Pssst! Office 365 customers pay Microsoft up to 80% more over long haul

When Microsoft turns a customer into a subscriber, it gets 1.2 to 1.8 times the revenue compared to old-school licensing

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Microsoft wants Verizon to hand over names of suspected Windows pirates

Microsoft wants names to sue for activating "hundreds of copies of Windows 7" that used stolen keys

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Microsoft fleshes out 'Windows as a service' strategy

Lower licensing revenue from consumers will be offset by increases in search, games and apps, company's CFO says

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VMware heads to court over GPL violations

The Software Freedom Conservancy alleges VMware is using GPL-licensed code in its proprietary products. VMware disagrees. It's time for a judge to decide


Microsoft touts $7-per-user monthly pricing for Windows subscription packages

Microsoft has released details on the first-ever per-user Microsoft Windows subscription

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Hey, Oracle! Untangle your licensing knots, once and for all

Campaign for Clear Licensing urges Big Red to undo the Gordian knot of its licensing practices, but don't expect overnight results

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Twitter emoji: 5 lessons for effective open source

An emoji library may seem an unlikely source of best practices for open source. But Twitter's careful work provides an excellent guide


Microsoft must finish the job of opening .Net

Microsoft's open developer strategy is amazing and welcome news. But the company must still bite the bullet and make peace with open source

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New Windows Enterprise licensing helps -- but beware the fine print

Per-user subscription option finally moves Microsoft into sensible cloud licensing and makes many enterprise tasks easier and cheaper

Oracle licensing practices lead to mistrust among customers, says survey

The group behind the survey says it is advocating for manageable licensing terms and isn't against Oracle

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What Google's petition to the Supreme Court really means

Following the reversal of its historic win against Oracle over the copyrightability of APIs, Google has asked the Supreme Court to intervene

Oracle hits back at ex-employee's claims over in-memory database option

Former employee's claim that a new in-memory processing option is turned on by default -- triggering additional license fees -- sparks debate in dueling blog posts

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