Back in April we reported how Microsoft was about to embed ISO/IEC 19770-2 tags into their software (Microsoft to Embed ISO/IEC 19770-2 Software ID Tags).
“The first sighting of a Microsoft SWID tag has been made. I installed the Windows 8 preview yesterday and sure enough, in the Program Data directory, there was a directory for Microsoft and in that directory was the SWID tag for the operating system” Steve Klos, Tagvault.
Steve continues “Microsoft has certainly made the commitment to improve the software customer experience when it comes to managing software (for SAM or any other IT process that requires accurate software identification). “
HOW TO AUTOMATICALLY FIND THESE TAGS
If your current SAM technology does not pick up these or other tags – please lean on your vendor to make sure they do so. It’s not rocket science to implement and will allow you to automatically identify software in an independent, standardised fashion.
About Martin Thompson
Martin is also author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management.
On a voluntary basis Martin a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
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