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When using the Cloud, why do I have to subscribe monthly for an Office 2016 Licence when I already h

Many organisations are currently assessing the possibilities to move to our cloud solutions.

When considering moving specific locally installed applications, to our cloud hosted solution, clients who already have MS Office licenced locally wonder whether they can simply apply this licence in the Cloud.

This is a reasonable question to ask however the answer is not quite so simple as there are licencing complexities associated with Microsoft applications when used within a Cloud hosted environment.

As such Microsoft provide a specific Cloud licence which has to be applied to applications such as Office 2016 Standard (Outlook, Excel and Word) or Office 2016 Pro (Power Point).

Why is it you cannot use your Microsoft Volume Licencing?

The advantage of using the Cloudsis platform is that it provides an Enterprise level solution for all.

To achieve this at an economic cost , it’s an environment where hardware and virtual machines (VMs) are shared and we create a dedicated securely sectioned environment for each client on our platform.

As we can optimise the usage of the platform, the resulting economics of scale reduces the cost per user which makes this is the preferred solution for most small and medium sized companies.

With reference to Microsoft licencing, it is not possible to apply individual licences as Cloudsis are required by Microsoft to apply one volume Mocrosoft licence to the whole platform.

We then switch on selectively the Office features required by each client and we report back to Microsoft monthly the number of licences we have applied.

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