Microsoft to Drop Volume Licensing for Consumer Windows

In an attempt to shift sales from consumer-oriented Windows 9x and Windows Me toward Windows 2000, Microsoft Corp. will end volume licensing for Windows 95, 98, and Windows Me.

The changes to the volume licensing agreement come due to the mainstream business adoption of Windows 2000 Professional. Because volume licensing demand has decreased steadily for consumer Windows in favor of Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft decided to cut the three consumer Windows products from the volume licensing program.

Windows Me will no longer be included in volume licensing programs as of March 1, 2001, Windows 95 and 98 will be dropped form volume licensing as of June 30, 2001, and all consumer Windows Upgrade Advantage (US) will be removed from volume licensing as of December 31, 2000. – Isaac Slepner

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.


  • Microsoft Nudging Out Classic SharePoint Blogs

    So-called "classic" blogs used by SharePoint Online subscribers are on their way toward "retirement," according to Dec. 4 Microsoft Message Center post.

  • Datacenters in Space: OrbitsEdge Partners with HPE

    A Florida-based startup is partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a deal that gives new meaning to the "edge" in edge computing.

  • Windows 10 Hyper-V vs. Windows Server Hyper-V: Which Platform for Which Workloads?

    The differences between these two Hyper-V versions are pretty significant, depending on what you plan to use them for. Here's a quick rundown of each platform, from their features to licensing quirks to intended use cases.

  • Office Mobile Apps To End as Microsoft Highlights New Office App

    Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 Mobile applications on Jan. 12, 2021, according to a Friday announcement.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.