Alibaba Cloud is planning to provide license-included Microsoft Office and Remote Desktop Services subscription
1. Alibaba Cloud is planning to provide the Microsoft Office LTSC Professional Plus 2021 image that includes a Subscriber Access License (SAL) for Microsoft Office software in the future. The licensed Microsoft Office software is delivered through individual user sessions using Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Therefore, if you purchase ECS instances or Elastic Desktop Service and use the Microsoft Office LTSC Professional Plus 2021 image, you are charged for the image and Remote Desktop Service Subscriber Access License (RDS SAL) on a per user per month basis. Please keep track of this topic for updates on the launch time of the Microsoft Office LTSC Professional Plus 2021 image.
2. If you require more than two remote connections on Windows server ECS instances, or need to use those connections for purposes other than management, you may have to bring in additional RDS CALs (Client Access License) or SALs. For more information about License Mobility of RDS CALs, check the document https://www.alibabacloud.com/help/en/elastic-compute-service/latest/microsoft-licenses-and-software-assurance#section-m3j-lvi-hlc.
Due to the license changes of Microsoft in October 2022 (https://blogs.partner.microsoft.com/partner/new-licensing-benefits-make-bringing-workloads-and-licenses-to-partners-clouds-easier/), service providers can only use their SPLA on Alibaba Cloud before September 30, 2025. Alibaba Cloud is planning to provide RDS SAL products in the future. After the product releases, customers can purchase Alibaba Cloud license included offerings. Please keep track of this topic for updates on the launch time of the products.
The use of Microsoft products is subject to Microsoft's licensing terms. Therefore, any Microsoft product purchased for use by an Alibaba Cloud customer is also subject to these licensing terms. The information provided hereunder is for reference only, and you should not rely on these descriptions or regard it as any form of legal advice. Should you have any questions about Microsoft software licensing or your rights on Microsoft products, please consult your legal team, or contact Microsoft or their distributors. Please visit Microsoft Licensing terms for more details https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/docs/view/Licensing-Use-Rights.