Microsoft is warning customers to ignore rumours that it may extend the deadline for its new licensing arrangements.
Sue Page, the software giant's licensing manager, told vnunet.com that any suggestion that Microsoft will accept orders up to 15 days after the 31 July deadline is untrue.
Page confirmed that orders would not be accepted after close of play on 31 July. "If people are being given any other message they shouldn't believe it," she warned.
Microsoft Licensing 6 comes into force on 1 August, which scraps the popular Upgrade Advantage discount model.
Companies have until 31 July to get their licensing in order or face buying full new licences when they next come to upgrade.
"It's an absolutely solid deadline," said Page. "You must have the order in by the end of play on 31 July. There won't be any orders after that.
"You can't go in and say you've only missed it by a couple of hours. We are taking a firm line on that."
She added that distributors would not accept orders taken for software after the deadline.
"If they have a whole stack of orders, [distributors] will be given time to process them but they won't be able to take any more after that day," she said.
"As long as customers place their order by the end of the day on 31 July they will be fine. There's no benefit in waiting to the last day of the month from the payment point of view."
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