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Microsoft releases volume license tool

The company launches an early version of an online tool to simplify software licensing decisions.

Microsoft on Tuesday released an early version of an online tool designed to simplify license-related decisions.

Called the Product Licensing Advisor, the product is aimed for corporate customers who acquire Microsoft software through volume contracts. It presents customers with a list of questions to help make licensing decisions and can produce a report with an estimated price, according to Microsoft. A more full-featured edition of the tool is scheduled for release in the spring of 2006, a company representative said.