Microsoft To Debut Server Software Step-Up License Program

Microsoft has doled out another change to its Software Assurance maintenance policy designed to ease the financial burden on those who wish to move from standard editions of Windows and application servers to enterprise servers.

At Gartner's Software Asset Management conference in Redmond, Wash., last week, Microsoft announced a "Step-Up License" promotion that allows licensed customers with Software Assurance or Enterprise Agreements to migrate from standard edition server software to enterprise server software at discount until September 2004.

Cori Hartje, director of marketing for worldwide licensing and pricing at Microsoft, told a packed audience at the conference that the software giant will introduce a new "Step-Up" SKU this July.

According to a brief on the Step-Up Licensing Program provided by Microsoft, the new license price is the difference between the license and Software Assurance price of the enterprise server edition and the standard server edition.

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