After howls of protests and threats of platform defections, Microsoft has pushed back the deadlines for joining its renovated licensing programme by five months so organisations can build the cost of the programme into next year's budgets.
Microsoft New Zealand licence manager Jillian Goodman says while local customers have been positive about the new licensing scheme, some wanted more time before its introduction.
The news will come as a relief to IT bosses who were scrambling to figure out how to pay for the new programme, called "software assurance", which will replace all of Microsoft's upgrade options.
The original October 1 deadline for enrolment in "software assurance" will now be extended to February 28, 2002.
Goodman says that in August Microsoft New Zealand will run a series of seminars in the four main centres, explaining the changes to customers.
Microsoft's public comments on the move suggest it is not abandoning the new licensing model, merely delaying its introduction. The move has been seen by critics as a method to resuscitate flat revenues over the past year in the Redmond giant's desktop application division and provide a financial buffer as more applications move to the web.