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    MS EES and virtual machines

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    The new MS EES is costed per FTE staff, not computers.

    Does this mean that we can have any number of virtual machines with Win 7 + Office 2010 at virtually no cost?

    I hope I'm right.

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    You'll be wanting to look at Microsoft Windows Enterprise: Operating system virtualization, but essentially no it's not quite that simple . There are a few other MS licenses that you'd also need that soon push the price up!

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    If you exclude the considerations for any virtual infrastructure, it is true that under EES you only pay for desktop platform products, such as the Windows 7 upgrade and Microsoft Office according to your FTE count. You can then install these products on all your desktops/laptops/virtual desktops etc. It is assumed the number of FTEs is smaller than the number of devices....Microsoft hope you will re-invest the cost savings into other IT projects!

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