Windows desktop operating system and Microsoft Office system licences do not permit renting, leasing, or outsourcing the software to a third party.
As a result, many organisations that rent, lease, or outsource desktop PCs to third parties (such as Internet cafés, hotel and airport kiosks, business service centres and office equipment leasing companies) are not compliant with Microsoft licence requirements.
Rental Rights are a simple way for organisations to get a waiver of these licensing restrictions through a one-time licence transaction valid for the term of the underlying software licence or life of the PC. Solidify your role as trusted advisor by helping your customers become compliant using an additive licence that fits their business model – without requiring special tools, processes, reporting, or paperwork.
As of 1st Jan, 2010, Microsoft Rental Rights Licensing will be available worldwide.
Read more at Microsoft.
Thanks to my MVP colleague Ankur, for the heads up!