Microsoft has announced a major revamp of its cloud hosting rules within the EU.
The changes will enable EU cloud providers to offer Windows and Office directly as part of a desktop solution they can build, sell, and host on their own server infrastructure, including products that have traditionally been licensed to run only on a customer’s own desktop or on on-premise server computers.
The announcement comes after Microsoft has attracted significant criticism for overly restrictive software licensing in Europe from companies such as French cloud provider OVH and Italian cloud service provider Aruba.
What does this mean for EU cloud providers?
Microsoft is also set to expand its software assurance program to enable customers to use their licenses on any European cloud provider…