CNet reports on Microsoft's latest license changes. "New changes to Microsoft's software licensing program may give rivals a chance to lure
away several key customer groups, analysts and competitors said Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Microsoft told customers it would revamp its licensing program. Among the
changes, the Redmond, Wash.-based giant is selling optional 'software assurance' contracts that
commit customers to annual upgrades for a fee. Some customers will also have the option of
buying software through subscription services."