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Exchange Without Outlook?

I once tried to become a Microsoft licensing guru. I read a book by Scott Braden and a report by Directions on Microsoft.

Struggle as I might, I finally realized that becoming an expert meant total immersion in a complex, often arbitrary, artificial construct designed to prop up Microsoft's stock price (and how well is that working out?).

I learned enough to write two cover stories -- "SA Exposed" and "7 Steps to a Better Bargain" -- but still feel inadequate compared to Mr. Braden and longtime reader Travis Parrent, who wrote a sidebar for me based upon his mathematical licensing analysis.

Travis last week sent me a link to a blog complaining that Exchange 2007 customers do not get licenses to Outlook 2007 -- unless they've ponied up the truly big bucks for Software Assurance.

The issue is that the new Outlook unlocks some of the coolest Exchange 2007 features. Of course, Microsoft has an easy answer: Just buy Office 2007!

Thanks, Travis.

Posted by Doug Barney on March 28, 2007


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