Microsoft has slashed the price of Windows NT in a bid to lure new customers before it releases the operating system?s upgrade, slated for next year.
From now until the end of the year, eligible Microsoft Open Licence customers will be able to buy Windows NT Workstation 4.0 for only $99, down from $238.
Microsoft, however, is expecting any small to medium businesses opting for the offer to pay a fee of $38 over the cost of a single licence for Workstation. Via this offer customers receive Windows NT Workstation 4.0 today plus licensing rights for upgrades of Windows NT Workstation delivered in the next two years. To take advantage of the offer customers must buy a licence for at least five systems.
?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.
Analysts believe the move is designed to drive sales across the board and at the same time fuel the software giant?s profitable server software business. By slashing prices Microsoft is also looking to steal customers away from more expensive operating system competitors and lock them in ready for the release of 5.0.
Windows NT Workstation 5.0, currently in beta testing, will be the Microsoft?s desktop operating system offering for business of all sizes and is designed to replace Windows 95 as the standard business desktop. It is expected to be released mid 1999.
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