Microsoft Facing Major Backlash To Licensing 6.0 As Deadline Approaches

by Volker Weber

Four months before its new licensing provisions go into effect, Microsoft is still facing a major backlash from corporate customers.

That's according to a recent joint survey conducted by Clearwater, Fla.-based Sunbelt Software and Boston-based Information Technology Intelligence Corp. (ITIC). The survey found that nearly 41 percent of respondents say they do not have the money for the annuity-based licensing even as the July 31 deadline approaches.

Meanwhile, about 36 percent of 1,400 businesses polled said they will not upgrade to the Licensing 6.0 plan and another 38 percent are seeking alternatives to Microsoft products, according to the survey.

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