Well, I guess "glove" is turning out to be a load of hogwash...
Macminute is just now reporting that Apple has a new "Maintenance" package for OS X, which requires a minimum of 10 seats to opt in, and different price schemes for 100+, 1000+ users... and that defies the possibility of "glove" (1 OS license for all the macs you own, 1 - 10,000+). If Apple has a three-year plan to charge different upgrade rates based on the number of licensed seats, then "glove" can't happen any time soon. Or so I think, somebody can prove me wrong (I'll gladly accept the good news).
Here's the scoop:
June 1 - 00:50 ETÂ*Â*Apple is offering a new program that will provide users of Mac OS X the opportunity to receive major releases of the company's industrial strength operating system over a three year period. The Program, which will apply to Mac OS X exclusively and not OS X Server, will allow customers to receive future upgrades to the OS as part of the agreement.
Payment is required up front and covers major releases of Mac OS X that Apple includes in the Program during the three year term, however, education accounts that are legally required to purchase software on an annual basis will be exempt. The minimum purchase for the Program is 10 seats, whether purchased for new or existing hardware. Cancellation refunds will not be accepted during the term, but customers will have 14 days in which to cancel once the agreement is received in the mail. In addition, Apple states that the "Maintenance Program purchase takes place on a transactional basis, like Apple's existing Volume License program." A maintenance agreement, data sheet, and sales presentation will be available in the immediate future.
The pricing structure for the Program is as follows:
Number of Users\t- Retail price per seat\t- Education price per seat
10-99\tUS$69 per year (Three-year total: $207)\t$49 per year (Three-year total: $147)
100-999\t$59 per year (Three-year total: $177)\t$39 per year (Three-year total: $117)
*1000+\t$49 per year (Three-year total: $147) $29 per year (Three-year total: $87)
- From <a href="http://www.macminute.com/lib/020601osxma.shtml
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