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Microsoft unveils pricing tool for volume licensing

Antony Savvas

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Product Licensing Advisor to help users get the best deals through its volume license programmes.

Microsoft Product Licensing Advisor is the latest effort by the company to deal with frustration felt by its volume users.

The tool helps customers under the Open License Business, Open License Volume, Select License, Enterprise Agreement, and Open Value volume licensing agreements.

The product calculates estimated pricing and provides a report that includes the exact configuration of the product chosen. The tool is not available for academic or government volume licensing programmes.

The introduction of Product Licensing Advisor follows the recent introduction of software home use rights, free training vouchers, product consolidation and a simplification of the Open Value program, which are all designed to get license holders on-side.

Product Licensing Advisor is being gradually rolled out in phases. The basic version was unveiled this week, and the full version in 20 languages covering quotes for entire business solutions and live chat with Microsoft representatives will be available in spring 2006.


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