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Beware of MSDN Subscription Licensing

Aug 2, 2011

You might be asking yourself, what’s an MSDN license? An MSDN subscription license gives you access to the latest Microsoft platforms for development and testing purposes. There are different levels of subscription licensing that can be purchased; each of which contain specific usage rules.

As a business owner, the cost of MSDN subscription licensing might be more enticing than purchasing the full product versions of the software because it is cheaper and in most cases the software itself functions exactly like the full product. However, the MSDN end-user license agreement prohibits the use of the software in a business production environment. If your company was ever to be audited, legal action could be taken for misuse.

What is the likelihood of a software audit by Microsoft? It can happen to you at any given time; even if you aren’t a large corporation. All it takes is one disgruntled employee to report software misuse to Microsoft for them to raise an eyebrow.As cliché as this may sound, it’s better to be safe than sorry and purchase the full software version license for each PC used for production in your business.

If you would like assistance with license purchases, contact MTI today.

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