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Microsoft licensing - are you ready for 1 October?

Microsoft's plans to reinvent the licensing model for its software have incensed many IT professionals and dismayed businesses...

Microsoft's plans to reinvent the licensing model for its software have incensed many IT professionals and dismayed businesses which will see their software costs soar as a result. As Microsoft and its clients argue over the issue, the final deadline for licensing discounts is fast approaching. CW360 examines what you should do now.

Microsoft listens to user views
Microsoft is meeting user groups to discuss calls to delay the introduction of controversial changes to its licensing regime.
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Time, gentlemen, please
Microsoft's customers now have less than three weeks to decide whether to take advantage of its most popular discount upgrade schemes before they disappear in a fundamental shake-up of Microsoft's entire licensing regime.
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Which path to take?
Users wondering about how to respond to Microsoft's licensing changes still have a wide range of options, although many will disappear on 1 October. The choices available, and their merit, depend on the current situation of the user.
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Looking back: Users prepare to confront Microsoft
How did we end up in this situation? CW360 rounds up the information to quickly bring you up to speed with the software licensing debate.
This was first published in February 2003

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