Microsoft have strategically moved key software use rights from a perpetual software license into maintenance. Many NHS Trusts will need to update software licenses with active maintenance if only to support virtual desktop programmes, mobile working or virtual server environments, this is often unconnected to whether they will deploy the latest version.
When the Government exited the national EA, they were effectively making every trust in the UK non-compliant. Any Trusts that do "buy back in" to support compliance or to plan for end of extended support will be locking themselves into an ongoing subscription relationship with a audit clause.
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