January 3, 2011 12:59 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to start an internet cafe-type business and I'm having real trouble understanding how to properly license copies of Microsoft Office, as well as Adobe software (e.g. Photoshop). There's a further caveat, which is that customers will use thin clients to access virtualized PCs on a central server.
posted by thumpasor to computers & internet (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I realize the caveat sounds strange, but there are specific reasons why I want to do this, having to do with future expansion. Anyway, some specific problems I am trying to solve include:
- For Adobe software, I can't figure out whether they have any licensing options available that allow "rental rights", even for physical PCs that can be rented (much less virtual PCs).
- For Microsoft, I know they have a specific rental rights program, but it specifically disallows the installation of the software on virtualized PCs. Are there alternatives?
Any ideas? Are there "licensing experts" out there who know about this stuff, other than the licensing hotlines these companies run, which seem to be useless?
One thing that would be really helpful is if anyone knows how FedExOffice / Kinko's does their licensing, since this would at least give me some leads to look into.
Thanks very much! (Obviously you are not a / my lawyer, etc. etc - just trying to understand how this works, generally).