Software Trials without the Internet

Creating Software Trials without the Internet Most software vendors offer trial copies of their software to potential customers for short-term evaluations.  The trial may run in full or reduced-functionality mode, but only for a short time, 30 days or so.  Sometimes, they want to create software trials without the Internet being available. Ideally, the evaluation/trial starts when …

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Licensing vs. Activation

Licensing vs. Activation When software companies investigate licensing solutions, they sometimes get confused by terms such as “licensing” and “activation.” To be clear, “licensing” and “activation” have very specific meanings, although they are sometime used interchangeably. The two concepts are very different. Let’s define “licensing” first. Licensing = Authorization Licensing is the process of checking whether a software application or …

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Maintenance-Thru-Date Licenses

Creating Maintenance-Thru-Date Licenses Many software publishers wish to issue a license to their customers which allows the customer to run (forever) any version of the software which is released before a particular date.  We call this a “maintenance-thru-date” license.  A typical example is that the customer is allowed to run any software released up to 12 months after …

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