Microsoft sweetens SA

Microsoft New Zealand is delaying the introduction of some parts of its revised Software Assurance programme to meet local legislation.

Microsoft New Zealand is delaying the introduction of some parts of its revised Software Assurance programme to meet local legislation.

Features of the revised programme, available this month, include source licensing, training programmes and vouchers, problem resolution support and “online concierge chat”.

Most attention has been focussed on the home use and employee purchase features.

Home use allows licences to be used on employees’ home computers; employee purchase allows staff to buy discounted licences for Microsoft software.

A Microsoft representative says the home use and employee purchase features are being tailored to suit New Zealand legislation. The company hopes to be able to offer the features in October, she says.

Software Assurance is Microsoft’s volume licensing programme for corporates. The modifications to the programme were announced in June, and followed widespread criticism of Software assurance, which meant licence cost increases for many.

A full list of the new features is available at the Microsoft New Zealand website.

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