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CNET News: Microsoft Targets Defectors with Discounts

Nov 27, 2002, 17:30 (48 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Microsoft said it plans to offer smaller companies a more lenient licensing plan intended to stem defections to Linux or other open-source software.

"The software giant on Tuesday said it will launch the new plan, called Open Value, early next year. The new program is part of Microsoft's controversial Licensing 6 volume licensing program, which was put in place this summer.

"Many Microsoft customers--particularly smaller companies--have resisted Licensing 6 and its 'Software Assurance' program for buying software under two- or three-year maintenance contracts. Up to two-thirds of Microsoft customers either rejected the plan or bought partial upgrades under the older Licensing 5 program, analysts say..."

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