Can you help me with my software licensing question?
So as we slowly move towards web applications my company still has some legacy Windows applications we need to support - specifically Outlook, Quickbooks and UPS Worldship.
My ultimate goal is to remove Microsoft / Windows from the picture completely. Unfortunately, I've hit a roadblock in the path forward.
My options seem to be:
Maintain individual Windows desktops join to a Domain.
Thin clients that use cloned virtual desktops.
Thin clients that use Terminal (Remote Desktop) Services.
Regardless of these options, even when taking advantage of Citrix and/or VMWare offerings, it seems like there is no way of getting around paying for one Windows desktop license (whether it be "physical", virtual, or CAL) per one user. Using Citrix or VMWare clouds the license picture even further.
Now, I can understand paying for one user license per Outlook instance, but per user for a common base to deliver the application? But whatever - that's just the way it is if we're going to use software built for Windows environment - unless there's a loophole I'm missing? Is there some configuration where I can simply deliver the applications to the end users without multiple middle-man fees per user?
I'm just curious which of these options is the cheapest and simplest, software license wise?