The "Microsoft Products and Services Agreement" (MPSA) will arrive on Dec. 1, 2013 for organizations. Microsoft is promising a more simplified approach to volume licensing with MPSA. There will be fewer steps to complete a volume licensing agreement. Organizations will have the use of "Web-based tools" to view their software assets, make payments and do planning, according to Microsoft's Richard Smith, general manager of Microsoft World Wide Licensing and Pricing.
MPSA initially will be available for "medium size" companies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany in the next month. However, Microsoft plans to roll it out more broadly in 2014, according to the announcement.
Few details about MPSA were described, but Microsoft promised more details "in the coming months."
Microsoft will have to publish more information and prepare the installed base for the new model. Many resellers know little about the impact of the new MPSA. In October, Microsoft said to reduce the cost for Azure. At the same time, new rules for the Enterprise Agreement are causing a cost increase to some organizations. Users of License12 enjoy a comp view with the new MPSA with its first upload and therefore have insights which privileges are effected by the new terms.