Microsoft last week announced price cuts for accessing its Windows NT thin-client software.
The move should boost sales of Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition (TSE), according to resellers and integrators.
Until now, customers accessing TSE servers had to buy an NT 4.0 Workstation licence and an NT client access licence for each user. Now, Microsoft requires just the new Terminal Server Client Access Licence, which costs $US109 (around $170) - about half of the workstation licence price.
Also last week, Microsoft introduced a $US9999 Internet Connector licence that lets up to 200 concurrent and anonymous users access TSE-based applications via an Internet connection, without a client licence.
Resellers of thin-client solutions who spoke to ARN appeared to be extremely happy with the news, as it has been a nagging concern.
Craig Bastow, group manager of NC Data, a thin-client specialist system integrator and a division of Silicon Data, said: "We've been trying to get equitable pricing for thin-client solutions for quite a while. Microsoft seems to have heard the screams from the channel and acted on it."