Microsoft eyes price hike for Windows NT 4.0

Microsoft is likely to charge more for the enterprise edition of NT Server 4.0 than thecurrent version, a price that will reflect improvements to the technology, according to a US representative.

Microsoft is likely to charge more for the enterprise edition of NT Server 4.0 than the current version, a price that will reflect improvements to the technology, according to a US representative.

A 25-user licence for Windows NT 4.0 enterprise edition in the US will carry a retail price of about $US4000, according to information Microsoft supplied to the Transaction Processing Performance Council, which compares software speeds on various hardware. At present a 25-user version of Windows NT costs $US2800.

However, equivalent local price increases could not be confirmed. NT is not sold with a 25-user licence in New Zealand, and NT product manager Guy Haycock says the enterprise edition will not be sold through the retail channel. Instead it will be either bundled with hardware or sold through Microsoft’s volume licensing scheme, Select.

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