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Microsoft working on public sector licence changes

Simon Quicke

Microsoft is continuing to develop its approach to SME licensing, a development that was first revealed to be on the cards last month.

Indications that an SME open licence was being planned for smaller government departments, with fewer than 250 seats, was first mooted last month raising the prospect of a completely new revenue stream for the channel.

Luke Thomas, Director Microsoft Public Sector, said that it was working with the channel to improve the services it offer to communities like the smaller government departments.

"Microsoft works alongside our public sector and channel partners with the intent to truly transform the delivery of services across the UK," he said.

Speaking to MicroScope last month Mark Johnson, European business manager for software at Bell Micro, said he understood the licence could be introduced in October.

"We see it as a huge opportunity for the channel as a huge set of customers that were set aside for LARs will be opened up to the entire SME channel," he said last month.

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