Microsoft has stunned its reseller community by allowing a discount dealer to sell second-hand volume licences, opening the floodgates for a second hand market.
Shocked vendors have reacted angrily to the news that Disclic have been able to sell second-hand software licences from insolvent or downsizing firms to other businesses with Microsoft’s blessing.
A loophole in British insolvency laws and a clause within many Microsoft licences that permits disused or unwanted volume licences to be transferred has enabled Disclic to sell the licences legally — and at a discount of around 20 to 50 percent below prices of any other authorised Microsoft reseller.
Disclic first approached Microsoft with its plan over 14 months ago and a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday that Disclic “does meet Microsoft’s terms and conditions”.
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