Licensing 6.0

Licensing 6.0

A volume software license from Microsoft for customers with 250 or more PCs. Introduced in 2001 to become effective in 2002, it offers a Software Assurance option that entitles the customer to all upgrades within the annual licensing period. Although the cost of each upgrade is reduced, customers are paying for all the upgrades. If customers do not elect this plan, they must pay a much higher cost of the product when they do choose to upgrade, because they feel it is necessary.

Licensing 6.0 was controversial because it was the beginning of an annual-fee-for-software strategy.
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Previously, product licenses acquired from OEMs could not be enrolled under SA, launched on August 1 2002 under Licensing 6.0. The company hinted other Windows products from OEMs would also become eligible for SA, but did not provide details.
The change is the latest in a series by Microsoft designed to increase the appeal of Licensing 6.0 and, particularly SA, to customers.
Summing up the last 12 months, Ballmer noted there had been two areas where Microsoft slipped: licensing, with the user revolt against Licensing 6.0, and security.
In fact Microsoft's controversial new Licensing 6.0 scheme provides users with product upgrades using the Web, not something many would be patient enough to do over a 56k line!
"IDC's research finds that some Windows users are concerned enough with Microsoft's Licensing 6.0 program that they are evaluating alternatives," said Al Gillen, research director, system software at IDC.
A year-ago Microsoft experienced a 26% spike in first quarter net revenue to $7.75bn as companies rushed to renew existing volume license agreements rather than adopt Licensing 6.0 and Software Assurance (SA) that began on August 1, 2002.