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Microsoft Completes Pilot Program for Office XP

10 September, 2002 | Archived Post
Subscription licensing customers to receive free boxed copies of Office XPSYDNEY, Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Microsoft announced today that it has completed its worldwide pilot for Office XP End-User Subscription Licensing, also known as ESL.  As a result of feedback from resellers and customers, the Office XP Subscription Licensing pilot will not be continued.

Press Release:
Microsoft Subscription Licensing customers will receive a free upgrade to a perpetual Office XP licence.

According to Microsoft, although Office XP Subscription Licence was a popular offering, research showed the subscription model was not well understood by customers participating in the pilot.

Tony Wilkinson, Office product manager at of Microsoft Australia, said that Microsoft introduced subscription licensing for Office XP in May 2001 as part of a worldwide pilot project designed to gauge customer interest in migrating to a subscription model.

"Customers and computer resellers from across New Zealand, Australia and France had the opportunity to be the first in the world to assess the subscription licensing model," Mr Wilkinson continued. "From their feedback, we learned that customers find subscriptions a useful method of purchasing software but are not ready to fully adopt this process.

"The decision to upgrade those customers on the pilot to a full Office XP licence represents a major saving for small business.  For example, a customer who is currently subscribing to Office XP Professional will receive the full perpetual version of the product free.  This is a significant saving-the full retail  copy carries Recommended Retail Price of $1288, almost $900 more than the cost of the Subscription Licensing version.

"We appreciate our customers' participation in this pilot program, and we will incorporate their insights in the development of future products," said Mr Wilkinson.

For more information about the completion of Microsoft's Office XP Subscription pilot program and details about receiving replacement product, please visit /australia/office/, or call 1800 642 008.

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