No Plans to Extend License Sweetener, Yet, says Microsoft.By Gavin Clarke
Microsoft Corp has no immediate plans to extend a software upgrade program, to be launched this fall under Software Assurance (SA), despite interest from at least one analyst.
However, a Microsoft spokesperson told ComputerWire the company is "continuing" to listen to customer feed back to determine further enhancements to its licensing programs.
Microsoft will this September make Enterprise Edition Server Step-Up License available to customers using its unpopular SA program.
Step-Up lets customers upgrade their Standard Edition server license for eight listed products to an Enterprise Edition license, at a reduced price by canceling the need to buy a completely new license.
Instead, customers will simply pay the price difference between the two plus any outstanding SA payments.
Step-Up is designed to encourage greater numbers of users to adopt Microsoft's annuity based SA program, which has proved unpopular among customers.
Gartner research director Alvin Park, though, said he believed Microsoft should extend Step-up to its other products - not just the servers listed by Microsoft earlier this week.
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Park belives extension of Step-Up would be popular among volume customers. He added the program should also be extended beyond Microsoft's publicly stated plan of 12-months - Step-up will finish in September 2004, according to a company spokesperson.
The spokesperson added: "There are no plans to expand the Step-Up License beyond server software."
He conceded, though, Step-Up was one of a series of enhancements made by the company to increase uptake of SA by offering customers' greater "value". As Microsoft is expected to make futher enhancements to SA, the extension of Step-Up to other Microsoft products is belived to be a realistic possibility.