Software-snatcher backs down on licence plans

Faced with continued rumbles of discontent from its reseller network on the eve of its Inspire conference, Microsoft has climbed down from plans to pull free software licences from its channel chums.

Doubtless fearful of a keynote sabotaged by a baying mob of angry resellers, Microsoft corporate veep for commercial partners Gavriella Schuster was tasked with the job of backing down.

Thanking its besuited middlemen and woman for "sharing your feedback with us", Schuster confirmed the kindly corporation had "made the decision to roll back all planned changes related to internal use rights and competency timelines".

So that 1 July 2020 retirement of the internal use rights?

Schuster blustered that "a thorough review" had taken place over the, er, days since the company dispensed the bad news and said: "We listened to you, and we have acted."

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