Today, I want to talk about licensing Microsoft, specifically. We’ve been providing IT services to small businesses for over 15 years and we’ve never had a license audit until recently. We had a new client that came in and their licensing was not up and so went through and fixed what we could. After a while Microsoft contacted them directly to do an audit and found that they still had some licensing from the previous vendor that was not legitimate.
The end result from all this is they just needed to pay for the software and licensing that they’ve been using. But, I want just for our small business owners to be aware that this stuff does happen and this is not a large organization. They have probably less than 30 computers.
And, if your IT guy is selling you licensed software that seems like it should be more money or is cheaper than what you’re finding through your competitors or through their competitors or through if you ever do a bidding process usually that means it’s not legitimate and you’re in essence stealing a software from Microsoft. And, you could be audited at some point and you’ll end up paying for it in the end.
So, I highly recommend that you vet out your IT provider and make sure that they’re providing you with legitimate licenses for the software that they are selling you.
I’m Albert Steed with Advanced Computer Solutions. Thank you.