Users pan Microsoft's licensing scheme

Hoping to kick-start an international revolt against Microsoft's recently announced revamped licensing scheme, a Dutch group of systems administrators last week sent the company an open letter to complain about what it said is an unreasonable increase in cost.

The Netwerk Gebruikersgroep Nederland (NGN) said the cost of Microsoft software under the new policy, which takes effect Oct. 1, would increase for 86 percent of its members. In a written response to NGN's letter, Microsoft said most customers in the Netherlands will profit from the new license system, and it offered to brief customers individually if questions remain.