If you're considering migrating to Windows 7, then take note, it's probably one of the biggest technology migrations you'll experience. However, here's five tips to help you ensure the path to Microsoft's latest operating system is smooth.
4. Get your licensing straight
OS migrations can be costly. Directions on Microsoft analyst Paul DeGroot says in a worst-case scenario, customers can pay three times for the same Windows licence - once for the OEM licence that comes with a physical desktop pre-installed with Windows; once for an 'upgrade licence' as part of a volume licensing plan, and once again for Software Assurance, which guarantees access to new software versions.
Windows 7 Enterprise is available only to Software Assurance (SA) customers, so avoiding that payment is difficult. Customers can purchase the 'Open Licence', which lets them buy Software Assurance for two years rather than three. Although SA rights will expire after two years, the customer has the right to use Windows 7 Enterprise indefinitely. Microsoft's 'Select' agreements also offer discounts by letting customers purchase Software Assurance for terms shorter than three years.
Customers should remember it's always smart to negotiate, particularly when certain portions of Microsoft licensing agreements seem inflexible. Analysts say Microsoft is often willing to give discounts, particularly to large customers with thousands of desktops.
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