New licensing terms would make it easier for Microsoft’s enterprise customers to bring Microsoft software to non-Microsoft infrastructure and scale the cost and size of theirs or their customer’s Microsoft systems on their own hardware, according to Dezen’s post. But Microsoft wants to be clear about something: Its Services Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) was meant for customers that are offering hosting “from their own data centers,” not buying Microsoft licenses to “host on others’ data centers.” To “strengthen the hoster ecosystem,” Dezen writes, Microsoft will remove the ability to outsource to Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft’s Azure cloud, or anybody using those companies as part of their hosting. Amazon and Google have weighed in, and they do not believe Microsoft is showing its newer, less anti-competitive side. “Microsoft is now doubling down on the same harmful practices by implementing even more restrictions in an unfair attempt to limit the competition it faces — rather than listening to its customers and restoring fair software licensing in the cloud for everyone,” an Amazon spokesperson told Reuters.
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