Microsoft expands connected car push with patent licensing

Microsoft’s push into the connected car space has moved up a gear with a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota. The world’s second-largest auto maker will have access to a range of Microsoft patents as part of the deal announced this week.

Rather than trying to build a high-tech automobile of its own, Microsoft is focusing on providing carmakers with the tools they need to create smarter vehicles and the Toyota deal is the first of what it hopes will be a series of such agreements.

Microsoft offers an entire suite of cloud services aimed at aiding the development of internet-enabled automobiles and is also integrating its Cortana virtual assistant into cars alongside PCs, phones and other devices. In the future, a connected car could become a rolling extension of a user’s office, with Office 365 integrations.

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TmaxSoft is using clear licensing to woo Oracle database users

It’s no secret that Oracle’s aggressive licensing tactics can be a source of considerable pain for its customers, and that’s just where TmaxSoft is betting it has an edge. 

Not only does the company promise users of its Tibero database roughly half the license fees, it also uses a licensing model so transparent that it recently became the first to be verified by the Campaign for Clear Licensing.

Tibero’s price list is “a single page and very easy to understand,” said Martin Thompson, chief agitator for CCL, when the verification was awarded late last year. “The prices and products are clearly set out, and there are no hidden extras that customers need to look out for.”

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Microsoft expands cloud management licensing to include on-premises tools too

Microsoft Monday announced that customers can now purchase a joint licensing agreement for its cloud-based Operations Management Suite and its on-premises System Center infrastructure manager.

Packaging these separate but related management platforms will encourage customers to use public cloud resources and make it easier to manage hybrid clouds.

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