Feeds

MS customers flirt with increased Windows costs

Deadline looms

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

The majority of Microsoft Corp's enterprise customers risk missing the deadline for looming licensing changes, and face massive increases to software price rises as a result.

Analyst GartnerGroup warned yesterday customers who miss the July 31 start for Microsoft's Licensing 6.0 could pay up to 45% more for software at their next upgrade cycle.

The reason is that after this date, Microsoft will eliminate a series of one-time upgrade programs - such as Upgrade Advantage - for the all-encompassing Software Assurance (SA).

SA spans the life-cycle of new versions of Microsoft's Enterprise Agreement and Select programs and gives customers the right to install any new release of a Microsoft product covered in the agreement's life-cycle.

SA is an integral part of the new Enterprise Agreement but is optional under Select. Customers who do not adopt SA with Select 6.0 on July 31 will be excluded from upgrade options, and forced to buy new copies of Microsoft software at full price.

Gartner warned up to two-thirds of customers risk being affected. Gartner research director Alvin Park estimated 65% of organizations have either taken a conscious decision not to adopt Licensing 6.0 or simply procrastinated.

Park strongly urged procrastinators to take urgent action. He estimated negotiations could take up to 30 days as final agreements required sign-off from the customer, reseller and Microsoft. "This can take weeks to months," Park warned.

Non-procrastinators, though, are likely opposing Licensing 6.0 on cost. A separate Sunbelt Software and ITIC research of 1,500 senior IT executives published recently found 37% will not adopt Licensing 6.0 and that 36% are unable to afford the new program. Thirty eight percent are seeking alternatives to Microsoft products.

Park said one option would be for customers on Select 5.0 to simply renew their existing agreements. The combination of Select and Upgrade Advantage offers customers the potential for "significant" savings he said.

Microsoft was unavailable for comment.

© ComputerWire. All rights reserved.

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.