Microsoft Plans Tougher Action Pack Requirements

Microsoft later this year plans to raise the bar on a popular software trial program in response to reports that some partners have been illegally selling its software. The Action Pack allows Microsoft's Registered level partners to obtain up to 10 licenses for Microsoft desktop applications and operating systems, and single server licenses with up to 10 Client Access Licenses (CALs). The Action Pack is intended for internal business testing and evaluation and also includes technical demonstration and marketing materials. However, some Microsoft partners have been breaking the rules by selling the Action Pack software to customers, according to solution providers.

When partners sell Action Pack software in violation of their licensing agreement, it can harm other partners' businesses, says Alex Pearson, president of IS Systems, a San Antonio, Texas-based solution provider. "When I go in to see a client that has been sold an Action Pack, they're not interested in purchasing the legal licenses due to the fact that the price is so much more than the Action Pack," said Pearson.

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Maybe they need to stop inventing so many new prices for the same basic product.

Why does licensing have to be so complicated? If they went to a simple price card-- one version of each product (no retail vs. OEM vs. educational use etc.) with discount tiers based on volume, there'd be no way to game the system, Dell would still pay $4.73 for Vista, and everyone would be happy.

The action pack is great for internal use but i must admit there seem to be a fair amount of ebay auctions blatantly selling the information on how to obtain it.

The new requirements are for you to complete some online training courses so shouldn't be too taxing for legitimate users but might put off people just after cheap software.

explain to me why your customers have the action pack its for ON SITE USE ONLY unless you have mobile users WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION and the pack is not for sale to non microsoft partners

"When I go in to see a client that has been sold an Action Pack, they're not interested in purchasing the legal licenses due to the fact that the price is so much more than the Action Pack," said Pearson.

Yeah, people are funny like that; they prefer something at a lower cost. Who would have thought?
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