Software licensing, old problem, new discussion at a hearing

May 26, 2024
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TLDR:

  • Microsoft President Brad Smith will appear before the House Homeland Security Committee to address questions about nation-state cyberattacks and security strategies.
  • The Coalition for Fair Software Licensing raises concerns about vendor lock-in and overreliance on Microsoft products, impacting cybersecurity and customer choice.

In a recent interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, the executive director of the Coalition for Fair Software Licensing, Ryan Triplette, discussed the importance of fair and predictable software licensing practices. The coalition, consisting of over 20 North American-based companies, focuses on addressing issues related to software licensing from both technology providers and customers’ perspectives.

Triplette highlighted concerns regarding vendor lock-in, where customers feel forced to accept entire product suites from providers like Microsoft, impacting choice and cybersecurity. The coalition advocates for competition and access to best-in-breed technologies to address evolving security threats.

As discussions around software licensing continue, the need for fair practices and customer choice remains at the forefront of industry and government conversations. Stay tuned for updates from Microsoft’s upcoming hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee.


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