Microsoft Announces Pricing Promotion for Windows NT Workstation

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 31, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the Windows NT® Workstation License Advantage, which makes it even easier for small and medium-sized businesses to move to the Windows NT Workstation operating system. From
Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 1998, eligible Microsoft Open License customers will be able to acquire Windows NT Workstation 4.0, as well as the rights to future Windows NT Workstation releases, for a new, lower price.

Windows NT Workstation License Advantage includes a new license for Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Windows NT Workstation Upgrade Advantage, which entitles customers to install all upgrades or enhancements to Windows NT Workstation throughout the two-year term of their Open License agreement. For a fee of $38 (ERP) over the cost of a single license for Windows NT Workstation, customers receive Windows NT Workstation 4.0 today and license rights to upgrades of Windows NT Workstation delivered in the next two years.

Customers can take advantage of this offer by joining the Open License program, which provides simple and flexible volume-based pricing for small and medium-sized organizations with five or more desktops. Microsoft Open License is available globally through Microsoft authorized resellers, Microsoft Certified Solution Providers and VAPs.

“This year, we have seen a tremendous number of companies deploying Windows NT Workstation,” said Yusuf Mehdi, director of Windows® marketing.
“With the new Windows NT Workstation License Advantage, we now have made it even easier and more cost-effective for customers to take advantage of the robust capabilities of Windows NT Workstation on all their desktops.”

“We’ve been doing migrations for Microsoft Windows NT Workstation for our larger customers, and now this promotion makes it easier for our small and medium-sized customers to also move to Windows NT Workstation,”
said Eric Jones, regional vice president of Sentinel Technologies Inc.
“We look forward to many of our small to medium-sized customers taking full advantage of this new licensing opportunity to upgrade their current technology and prepare for future enhancements to Windows NT Workstation.”

“MicroAge branches nationwide have been helping customers migrate to Windows NT Workstation for some time,”
said Steve Dodenhoff, executive vice president, services, at MicroAge Inc.
“By introducing this new plan, Microsoft is making it even easier for businesses to migrate their desktop operating system with Windows NT Workstation, and MicroAge is ready to support customers’ demand for acquisition and implementation of Windows NT Workstation.”

Customers Are Moving to Windows NT Workstation

Windows NT Workstation 4.0 is a powerful 32-bit desktop operating system, providing the lowest total cost of ownership and greater reliability, security and performance than any other Windows desktop operating system available today. Microsoft is helping customers move to Windows NT Workstation 4.0 by providing tools and information such as the recently announced Business Readiness Kit, a white paper detailing how to choose the right operating system, and now introducing the Windows NT Workstation License Advantage program.

Windows NT Workstation 5.0, currently in beta testing, will be the premier desktop operating system for business of all sizes and is designed to replace Windows 95 as the standard business desktop. For more information on Windows NT 5.0, please visit . For more information about Windows NT Workstation 4.0, visit the Microsoft Web site at .


For more information on the Open License Windows NT Workstation License Advantage offer, please contact a Microsoft reseller or Microsoft Solution Provider, or visit the Open License Web site at .

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