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THE CLOSER ONE looks at Microsoft licensing, the more it resembles an elaborate, years-long shell game that you know the customer's going to lose.
In May Microsoft announced a number of changes to its volume licensing programs. In the name of "simplifying" its licensing, Microsoft announced an array of new programs and policies the implications of which analysts, the press, and customers are scrambling to figure out (see "Users criticize Microsoft's new licensing scheme," www.infoworld.com/printlinks).
Currently, the only certainty is that Microsoft's corporate customers face some very complex decisions by Redmond's deadline of Oct. 1.
Sorting through all the confusion is beyond the scope of this column, but I do want to examine one …