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New Windows 10 beta build 14371 introduces mysterious Activation Troubleshooter

There's a new twist in the Windows licensing maze, and Microsoft has provided frustratingly few details

7 tools for cutting through software legalese

EULAs got your eyes swimming? Head spinning from open source licensing terminology? These resources help you get the straight dope

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The end of Microsoft product support (and we feel fine)

The nostalgia for periodic big upgrades every five to 10 years is seriously misplaced, and it's not good for users or IT

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Software audits: How high tech plays hardball

'Truing up' licenses amounts to billions of dollars in revenue for the major software makers. Here's where the money goes -- and how it's extracted

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Canonical’s ZFS-powered Ubuntu could face legal challenge

Canonical believes it can ship the latest version of Ubuntu with ZFS without risking legal turmoil, but not everyone remains convinced

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Rust's Redox OS could show Linux a few new tricks

A new operating system written in Mozilla's Rust language shows there's plenty to be accomplished by thinking outside the Linux box

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Microsoft defends new Windows Server licensing

Microsoft rebuts a law firm's analysis of the new licensing rules for Windows Server

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Confused yet? Clouds crib from enterprise licenses

The ELA and its variants may comfort IT buyers, but they also increase the complexity and make it harder to know you made the right decision

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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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