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Got enterprise software? You're probably due for an audit

Vendors are turning up the heat on compliance audits to boost their revenue, licensing experts warn

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What does an Oracle audit look like? This one certainly wasn't pretty

Oracle is at least as well-known for its aggressive licensing tactics as for its namesake database technology, and a recent dispute makes it clear that that reputation isn't entirely unfounded.

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Beware hidden costs of Microsoft's new Windows Server licensing

The move to per-core licensing could increase the costs of Windows Server substantially and impact Software Assurance customers as well

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Microsoft's new premium Office 365 subscription for businesses is here

Office 365 E5 offers new features including organizational analytics and Skype for Business Cloud PBX

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Use Oracle's database? Watch out for this Dec. 1 deadline

All companies that use Oracle Database SE or SE1 could face increased licensing costs, a consultant warns

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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

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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

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