Second-hand Microsoft licences take off

by admin April 8, 2006 at 10:02 am

A company selling second-hand Microsoft licences says it has been surprised by the amount of interest it is receiving

A company that began trading in second-hand licences for Microsoft software last autumn has been attracting business from within the UK and internationally.

Disclic has been able to sell over 2,500 second-hand software licences from insolvent or downsizing firms to other businesses through

“As long as we stick to Microsoft terms and conditions we can pretty much do what we want,” Disclic director Noel Unwin told ZDNet UK. “We’ve had interest from America, Australia, India ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äù which is quite surprising as we’ve specifically focussed our marketing in the UK,” added Unwin, who estimated that offers savings of around 35 percent.

It emerged last November that it was legal to trade in used licences for Microsoft software, thanks to a loophole in British insolvency laws and a clause within many Microsoft licences that permits disused or unwanted volume licences to be transferred.

The success of the controversial business model was a “no-brainer ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äù businesses are going to get the same version of Microsoft software at a cheaper price,” said Unwin.

Full story: ZDNet UK