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Microsoft Tries To Simplify Licensing for Larger Customers

Yes, this should make things much...easier? Microsoft this week introduced Select Plus Volume Licensing, a program intended to simplify and reduce the cost of licensing for larger organizations. (We'll forgive Microsoft for giving this program a name that sounds more like the name of a frequent flyer scheme: "We'd like to board our Select Plus passengers at this time…")

Anyway, there's a pretty good synopsis of Select Plus here, and, of course, there's Microsoft's press release on the plan. Now, maybe we're just obtuse, but none of this actually seems very simple. In fact, it seems pretty darn complicated and dense.

Regardless, Wall Street-types are concerned that the discounts in the plan will hurt Redmond's profit margins, while somebody at Forrester, at least, thinks that the plan will be mostly good for bigger companies.

Here at RCPU, we're...well, we're not really sure yet what this means for partners, but we'd love for you to clue us in at lpender@rcpmag.com. So, uh, go ahead and do that. Thanks.

Posted by Lee Pender on July 02, 2008 at 11:54 AM


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