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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 11 June 2011 - 06:21 PM

7 things Microsoft should do to fix Software Assurance
By Paul DeGroot on June 9, 2011, 3:38 PM

Last in a series. It would be unfair to identify "Microsoft software licensing: Seven deadly sins" without offering like number of remedies for them. To recap: Software Assurance is an upgrade addition to Microsoft volume licensing announced 10 years ago that generated stiff resistance from customers. The company removed any-time upgrade options, replacing them with annuity programs where customers annually pay 25 percent of a server license's cost, and 29 percent of a desktop (primarily Windows and Office) software license. Customers must choose whether or not to get Software Assurance when acquiring new licenses. Customers get the right to upgrade but not the assurance Microsoft will release new software during the contract period.

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