How to Comply with a Microsoft Software Licensing Audit

February 24th, 2015 by Joseph Lalonde

Micro Visions AuditImagine seeing the FedEx delivery man dropping off an envelope to your place of business. The receptionist brings over the envelope and you get more excited.

Until you open the envelope, that is, and see who it’s from; Inside you find the dreaded Microsoft Audit Letter.

You may have received one of 3 types of licensing audits Microsoft uses to ensure compliance:

  • Microsoft Licensing General Partners Self-Audit Requests
  • Software Asset Management (SAM) Engagement
  • Legal Contract Compliance (LCC) Audit

Thousands of small and mid-sized businesses are receiving these audits as part of Microsoft’s aggressive growth goals, and their attempt to grow their market share. Not only will Microsoft get companies to become compliant with the software licenses they’re using, but the audits will typically result in additional license sales. They see this as a win-win situation for them.

What Do These Audits Mean?

Read the rest of this entry »

Encouraging News in the Fight Against Smartphone Theft

February 12th, 2015 by Pamela Michael

MVI Phone Theft“iCrime” and “Apple picking.” They may be cute euphemisms, but the risk of theft is a very ugly reality for smartphone owners. Each year millions of handsets are stolen and sold on the black market for hundreds of dollars each. Smartphone theft is so lucrative, in fact, that it is estimated that nearly half of all robberies in the United States now involve mobile devices. Even more disturbing, these crimes are becoming increasingly violent, with more and more incidents involving victim injury and even death.

So, what can be done to curb a crime so profitable? Read the rest of this entry »

Confirmed: Windows 10 Will Be A Free Upgrade For Current Windows Users

February 4th, 2015 by Pamela Michael

Heads up, Windows 7 and 8 users! Microsoft has announced that it will allow free upgrades to their new Windows 10 for one year after the operating system launches. This is great news for the multitudes of Windows 8 users who have expressed their dissatisfaction with the operating system, or those still using Windows 7 which has already begun to be phased out by Microsoft.

Little is known about how Microsoft intends to roll out the free upgrade, but their head of operating systems and engineering group, Terry Myerson, promised the company would be “sharing more information and additional offer terms in the coming months.”

Stay tuned for more details, or SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER to have updates delivered right to your inbox.