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Friday, December 29, 2006

Exchange 2007 Drops Outlook Rights

Microsoft LogoYes folks, the people at Microsoft just came up with yet another way to rip you off out of your money, and this time, they're doing it by stripping Exchange 2007 from its Outlook CALs.

Exchange 2007, which was released to manufacturing earlier this month, strips Outlook 2007 from its CAL (Client-Access License). In previous versions of Exchange, customers received a copy of Outlook along with each Exchange CAL. Enterprises that purchased Exchange 2003 and 100 Exchange CALs, for instance, also received 100 copies of Outlook 2003.

The new mail server, however, restricts the free Outlook 2007 client software to companies that had a Software Assurance plan in place as of Nov. 30. Software Assurance is a Microsoft program that gives enterprises software upgrade rights during a multiyear contract in exchange for a flat annual fee.

Outrageous isn't it?

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4 Comments:

  • I've got some mixed feelings about this.

    Sure, it's pretty crappy of them to do this and all, I'm not going to argue that. But, really...

    Who uses Outlook? I don't know anyone who, by choice, uses Outlook. Anyone that I know that uses Outlook is forced to for inter-office stuff or something.

    It's not really a big loss, albeit a loss. I don't know, it's pretty inconsequential, so they might as well include it. But, if they do, will anyone really use it?

    I'll stick with my Gmail, personally.

    By Blogger CaptainFortyTwo, at 2:47 AM  

  • Captain: It is a big loss, for enterprise customers. Companies that chooses to install exchange on their LAN do so mainly because of the collabortion features outlook offers when it is used in duo with exchange.

    For home users, it has no repercussion at all..

    Microsoft did exactly the same thing as they have done a few years ago when they removed terminal services licences from standard NT based OS cals.

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 9:30 AM  

  • Captain,

    I'm gonna guess that you dont work in an office with more than 10 people in it, and you most certainly dont have exchange. Am I right?

    Nick

    By Blogger Chief911, at 11:08 AM  

  • Captain:

    In the IT world - and for those of us that need to administer licensing and Exchange, Outlook is the Primary standard as an Email Client.

    This is CRAZY!

    They know they've got us by the gonads at this point.. because what are the alternatives really?

    Lotus Notes: Anyone that's worked with it swears it's the biggest pain to work with.

    Unix mail: There's that - but then you're forced to use POP which is largely insecure without using an SSH client to read your mail. Sending passwords through clear-text is simply not an option.

    wow.. I guess M$ needs the money eh?!

    By Blogger AlRo, at 7:54 PM  

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