How do you license software on virtual desktops?

Good question; Microsoft can't tell you, either

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A lot of vendors wonder why end-user companies haven't adopted virtual desktops more quickly. Usually they blame confusion and slow payback.

Could it be, maybe, that it's not the users or their confusion that is at fault?

Could it be, maybe, that the vendors have refused to face the potential hit to their revenues – or simply a shift from one revenue line to another – that's holding up the works by adding a fatal level of complexity not in the technology, but something as foolish and fixable as the terms for payment.

"It's like the IRS tax code," Dave Buchholz, principal engineer at Intel's internal IT unit told Computerworld.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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