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ComputerWorld/AU: Users face 50% price hike on Microsoft products - [Gartner] report

Oct 22, 1999, 18:56 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Natasha David)

"Enterprise customers face a 50 per cent hike in their Microsoft budgets each year until 2002, a Gartner Group study has warned.

The study stated: 'Although Microsoft pricing will remain ostensibly flat, enterprises using Microsoft software should expect to pay 50 per cent more a year as a result of changes to terms and conditions.' "

"The study added: "We believe Microsoft will increasingly use changes related to usage as a means of increasing revenue.' Thomas Bittman, an analyst at Gartner, noted Microsoft contracts include terms that allow it to change usage entitlements at will."

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