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Microsoft Is No Softy

It looks like Gates and Co. are playing hardball with Licensing 6.0. Is it worth it?

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This story appears in the January 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Microsoft instituted a new licensing strategy August 1, and businesses are howling.

Microsoft Volume Licensing 6.0 affects bulk discounts on Microsoft products-operating systems and such applications as Office. Under Licensing 6.0, customers get the steepest discount only if they upgrade from the most recent version. For example, upgrading from Windows 98 to Windows XP costs more than upgrading from the Windows Millennium Edition. Previously, customers paid one price regardless of how old their version.

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