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Microsoft Adds Disaster Recovery Rights

Microsoft on Wednesday added a disaster recovery feature to its controversial Software Assurance maintenance program.

As of June 1, subscribers to Software Assurance (SA) -- a two- or three-year plan where Microsoft gives free upgrades to customers in exchange for an annual fee -- have the right to install an additional copy of any licensed server software on a "cold" server dedicated to disaster recovery.

Microsoft's defining a cold server as one that is "turned off until a disaster arises" and is not used for production or processing purposes.

The new benefit is applicable for the remaining term of any SA contract, and is non-perpetual, said Microsoft.

Also as of June 1, Microsoft will add MapPoint Web Services to its volume pricing list, and in July, Microsoft Live Office Meeting.

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