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NewsFactor: Linux' New Best Friend: Microsoft Licensing 6.0

Apr 29, 2003, 23:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Ryan)

"When Microsoft first announced its new way of licensing products two years ago, corporations balked. It was not so much the entirety of Licensing 6.0 that bothered them as the Software Assurance program. That part of the new agreement took away version upgrades and required enterprises to pay up-front for a two- or three-year upgrade contract.

"The program's high price, coupled with the absence of any guarantee that Microsoft would come out with timely upgrades, provoked overwhelming customer disapproval. In a survey of 4,000 IT managers by Giga Information Group and Sunbelt Software, a consulting company, more than half of those questioned said they were not going to sign up for Licensing 6.0.

"But expressing disapproval about a licensing program and doing something about it are two different things. The evidence suggests Microsoft's Software Assurance program has caused some IT managers to defect to other platforms, particularly Linux. And more defections could be on the horizon..."

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