1/28/2006

Microsoft Changes Volume License Agreement

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:30 pm

To help your customers avoid inadvertent non-compliance, beginning in January, Microsoft will be removing the full Windows operating system software bits from the Volume Licensing CDs.

There is a misperception that Volume Licensing agreements cover the full Windows desktop operating system. The upgrade license does not provide a full, or initial, license for the Windows operating system. The Windows XP Professional desktop upgrade license is for upgrade purposes only. There are no changes to the terms of the Volume Licensing agreement, nor the Windows XP Professional upgrade license product use rights.

To provide clarity around the Windows desktop upgrade license and help customers avoid inadvertent non-compliance, Microsoft will be removing the full Windows operating system software bits from the Volume Licensing Welcome and Comprehensive Kit CDs beginning in January, 2006. Customers will receive CDs that include upgrade bits per their rights under the Volume License agreements. The full software bits will remain available to Volume Licensing customers through a secure online site (Microsoft Volume Licensing Services website) or by ordering a CD, but customers must have a qualifying operating system installed on their PCs in order to obtain the Windows Upgrade license



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