Vodafone reseller Yes Telecom has become one of the first UK companies to take advantage of second-hand Microsoft licences.
Simon Street, head of IT at Yes Telecom, said, "We had a requirement for 150 users to upgrade to Office 2003 and had the purchase orders signed off. Then we found Office XP from 2002 would suit our needs and save us £7,000 to £8,000 on the cost of the Office 2003 licences."
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Steed said he checked with Microsoft before going ahead with the purchase and was happy with its response that the licences were all bona fide.
Discount-licensing.com said its licensing business model was rubber stamped by Microsoft with processes in place to facilitate licence transfers. Discounts of 20% to 50% are available on a range of Microsoft products.
Ram Dhaliwal, Microsoft UK licensing programme manager, said, "Microsoft's licence agreements and product use rights provide guidance on how customers may use our software, including the ability to transfer licences.
"There are circumstances under which a customer may need to transfer licences from an entire Open License agreement to a third party. The provisions for such a transfer are detailed in our Open License agreement.
"The provision was included to help a company with divestiture. The second-hand resale of a licence agreement is not the intended purpose of these provisions.
"This does not represent a new or changed licensing ruling for the very niche market focusing on liquidated companies with Open Licenses, who mainly have older versions of our software.
"Our partners typically focus on working with clients to deploy new licensing solutions that are tailor-made to fit their business."