Microsoft, feeling the heat of customer complaints over its licensing policies, has for a second time extended the deadline for organisations to enrol in a new programme for licensing and upgrading software.
IT executives now have until the end of next July to decide if they want to enrol in Microsoft’s new Licence 6.0 volume licensing programme and its companion upgrade plan Software Assurance, which replaces the previous menu of upgrade options available to enterprise customers. Licence 6.0 officially kicked off on October 1.
The announcement should come as good news for disgruntled New Zealand customers, one of whom is NZI IT services manager David Fletcher. The insurance company was facing a six-figure bill to upgrade which it hadn’t budgeted for. Fletcher’s main complaint was the short notice Microsoft gave for the change.
Software Assurance, announced in May, drew so much wrath from IT executives that Microsoft later moved the deadline to enrol from October 1, 2001 to February 28, 2002. Some big Microsoft customers in the US face as much as $5 million in costs to get all their software in line with Software Assurance. Users must be on the most current versions of software to enroll in Software Assurance.