Licensing program angers MS customers

Microsoft's software licensing program is not proving popular - about two-thirds of its biggest customers are yet to sign up, and some are exploring alternatives.

With the deadline looming, about two-thirds of Microsoft's largest customers have not signed up for a new software licensing program that represents an important revenue stream for the company.

According to surveys by two research groups, Gartner and Giga Information Group, one-third of businesses contacted said they do not intend to sign up for the subscriptionlike software program, and another one-third of businesses said they are undecided. Most of this latter group are expected to go with the program, the market researchers concluded.

To be sure, customers still have two months to sign up, leaving plenty of time for hesitant businesses to get with the program. Still, the sign-up rate does not reflect overwhelming support.

News source: ZDnet Australia

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