Linked by David Adams on Wed 20th Jul 2011 15:13 UTC
Apple As widely anticipated, Apple's new major OSX release is available this morning, download-only, for $29.99 USD in the Mac App Store. There's a quick copy and paste job of the feature list after the jump. Also as expected, there's a new, Sandy Bridge-based Macbook Air. Update: A reader pointed out John Siracusa's Lion review at Ars.
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Volume licensing
by Cymro on Thu 21st Jul 2011 12:01 UTC
Cymro
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2005-07-07

This is an absolute shambles for small businesses, or any business with only a small subset of Macs.

We have 5 Macs running Snow Leopard here. What are we supposed to do if we want 5 licenses? Buy 20 licenses and discard 15 of them?

* The credit card company won't accept 5 people with individual Apple IDs attached to one credit card for fraud reasons. The Mac App Store license doesn't cover 1 purchase being used by 5 people concurrently on 5 different machines.

* I could order using my personal credit card and claim the money back. Then, who owns the license - me or my employer? What about the other software we may want in future? Employees buying their own work software is nonsense, so let's discard that option.

The situation is a mess, and how predictable the new Apple should ignore a vast swathe of its traditional customers. It's a particular insult to the small creative businesses that should be the lifeblood of Apple. The ones running Adobe products that Apple hates; the ones who invested in X-Serves that Apple canned; or the ones running FCP that Apple crippled. It's just another piece of evidence of Apple's blinkered consumer vision.

My bet is that Apple have received so many phone calls today (not to mention its forgotten-about resellers) that they'll back-track and lower the volume licensing to 5 or 10 copies.

If not... then they really don't give a crap.

Chris

Edited 2011-07-21 12:07 UTC

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