Microsoft lowers pricing on NT upgrades

Microsoft lowers pricing on NT upgrades

Microsoft this week announced a promotional offer that will make migrating to the Windows NT Workstation cheaper for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

With the Windows NT Workstation License Advantage promotional offer, customers that purchase five or more copies of Windows NT Workstation 4.0 also buy the rights to any upgrades or enhancements to the system that are delivered over the next two years, Microsoft said.

The licensing offer costs $US38 over the cost of a single licence of Windows Workstation NT, Microsoft said. The promotion is available from September 1 through December 31, 1998.

The offer is part of the company's Open License Program, which has been around for a number of years, according to Craig Beilinson, a product manager for Windows NT workstation. This is the first promotion designed specifically to allow SMBs to buy the appropriate number of copies of the Windows NT operating system at a discounted price, he explained.

"Smaller companies need to know that NT is the operating system that they should be moving towards," Beilinson declared. Microsoft is currently working on the second beta testing of Windows NT Workstation 5.0 and no tentative release date has been scheduled, Beilinson said.

In order to be eligible for the promotional price, users must also be members of the Open License Program, which provides volume-based pricing for SMBs with five or more desktops.

Further information on the Windows NT Workstation License Advantage offer can be found at

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