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Re: Microsoft Volume Licensing infringement?
From: "Gaddis, Jeremy L." <jeremy () linuxwiz net>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 19:22:49 -0500

Randall M wrote:
Anyone on here get an email from MS volume licensing services stating that all XP office and 2003 professional needs updated to remove the 3rd party

From https://partner.microsoft.com/US/licensing/40025957 (may require login to Microsoft Partner site):

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.

We understand this is an extra step for customers but we hope that the reduced risk of noncompliance gives them the peace of mind knowing that their company is properly licensed. This is a great opportunity for you to communicate the benefits of being properly licensed to your customers and ensure that they have the information they need regarding licensing.

Download this customer email to help communicate this important change to your customers.

The "customer email" is attached.


Jeremy L. Gaddis, GCWN, Linux+, Network+
LinuxWiz Consulting
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