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News.com: Microsoft touts online licensing

“Microsoft is calling on small business with a new software
licensing plan.”

“The software giant said today it is introducing Microsoft
Licensing Online, a Web-based ordering system that could make the
company’s software more accessible to small- and medium-sized
businesses, and allow then to take advantage of price discounts
formerly reserved for large customers.

“Microsoft said that through the program, which will be offered
through resellers including License Online, Computer Discount
Warehouse, and Insight, businesses with as few as five employees
will be eligible for volume discount levels good for up to two
years.”

“The program may help fend off incursions into Microsoft’s user
base from Linux and open source software providers.”

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