Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 30 Nov. 2002, Vol 5 No. 48

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w   Microsoft Offering Licensing Discounts
w   Recommended Book: Windows XP Power Tools
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
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Microsoft Offering Licensing Discounts

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

In an apparent bid to stem the flow of business customers migrating to Linux, Microsoft this month started offering a credit line program for it's Open License, whereby Microsoft is offering 0% interest for 24 months on Open License purchases of Licenses with Software Assurance or Software Assurance Only, by qualified Open License Customers, made from October 1, 2002 through January 31, 2003. For more information on the credit line program (which only applies to the USA), see Microsoft's Licensing site.

Last summer, when Microsoft instituted its Licensing 6 program, many customers complained that it raised the price they'd have to pay to Microsoft, and research firm Gartner agreed with these complaints, saying some customers could see increases of up to 107 percent.

According to reports, Microsoft sales representatives have also been instructed to be on the lookout for small business users that are migrating some of their machines to Linux. If the sales rep has the impression that there's a real threat of defection to open source, they can request authorization from Microsoft (managers) to offer steeply discounted pricing, which in some cases has been reported as high as 50 percent.

Microsoft will also introduce a new License type called Open Value, which will allow small business users to spread out payments over a 3-year period, while they would still stay current with the latest software releases. This program should start early next year.

Most business users cited the need for an up-front fee as one of the major dissatisfactions with the License 6 program. And while it's cost prohibitive for the larger businesses that have tens of thousands of users to upgrade, smaller businesses with less then 1,500 users may find it easy and cost-effective to do so.

  Recommended Book: Windows XP Power Tools

Windows XP Power Tools

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Whether you're running Windows XP Home Edition or Professional, Windows XP Power Tools hands you the advanced skills you need to become the ultimate power user. Full of undocumented tips and tricks and written by a Windows expert (Jim Boyce) who has written many books about the Windows operating system, this book provides you with step-by-step instructions for customization, optimization, troubleshooting and shortcuts for working more efficiently. A must-have for power users!

Windows XP Power Tools includes a CD filled with power tools including security, e-mail, diagnostic and data recovery utilities.

To Order: USA | EU (£30.39)

Recent Support BBS Postings

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Web Site Updates

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Added: Video Games and Kids -- Part 2


Windows XP

Added: Show User and Computer Name


Video Games and Kids -- Part 2

How to add safety when video games are a part of your children's routines.

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Windows XP Tip: Show User and Computer Name

This simple registry hack will rename "My Computer" to "Username on Computername", whereby Username is the name of the currently logged on user, and Computername is the name of the computer. While this is trivial in a home environment, it might be of some use in larger networks, making it simple to determine which computer you are logged on to and which username you are logged on as.

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ATI offering $50 USD in Trade-Up Program

ATI's trade-up program allows you to upgrade your existing graphic card, no matter who made it, to a new ATI product at an awesome discounted price. ATI will provide a substantial cash credit to your purchase, when you turn-in your current graphics card. ATI eliminates the down-time involved in online graphic card purchasing by sending you your new board in advance to install and try out. Once you're satisfied with it, return your old card for a substantial trade-in cash credit (applied to your credit card purchase). More details can be read in the FAQ, which aslo contains a link to the online order form (USA & CAN only).
Risk of Internet collapse rising

Researchers show increased vulnerability of Internet connections, specifically when key net hubs are taken out.

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