Software Licensing 101

From the desk of Richard Reis – Software Lead/ Developer Network Analyst

Software licensing, what’s that? You mean that fine print I scrolled over so I could get my software application (app) installed? Chances are software licensing is one of the furthest thoughts from your mind. Sure you use software
daily, either in your personal life or at work, but how often do you stop and think about your legal rights to use that software. In the United States and other parts of the world software apps are available on our Android, iOS, and Windows devic es from phones to tablets to laptops to desktops. Each app has a software license associated with it which legally governs its usage or redistribution rights to you,the end user.

Apple, Google and Microsoft each created online app retail marketplaces (App Store, Play Store,and Microsoft Store), allowing us to shop for apps in a limited number of storefronts. These online stores effectively streamline app purchases and simplify licensing terms for end users.Unfortunately government, corporate, and academic software sales can rarely make use of these online marketplaces, however it does not mean that software is not available for them. So what is different you ask? Some differences exist in software licensing options, costs, distribution,
specialization, and product type. DRN’s ReadiTech team has knowledge of various software licensing options from a multitude of vendors and can help answer any questions you may have regarding software licensing.DRN has relationships and experience working with many of the major software vendors including Adobe, Autodesk, Cisco, HP, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft, Sonicwall, Symantec, VMware, etc. We offer products such as Microsoft Office 365, Exchange Server, Adobe Creative Suite, Quickbooks to name a few.

If youfind yourself with a severe headache brought on by a case of software licensing please give us a call or send us an email at readitech@drtel.com and we will gladly help you with your organization’s software licensing needs

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