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CNET: Microsoft customers chafe at license changes

Sep 20, 2001, 19:28 (66 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)
"There are alternatives to Microsoft's Windows and Office software, including the Linux operating system and Sun Microsystems' StarOffice productivity package. But the vast majority of businesses have standardized on Microsoft's products, making migrating to a rival product difficult. "There aren't a lot of alternatives for desktop productivity," MacDonald said. "Corel (WordPerfect) is a weak competitor and so is StarOffice."

The new licensing policies, however, could lead to businesses taking a second look at alternative products. No customers contacted by CNET News.com said they planned to evaluate alternative applications.

But competition in the server software market remains healthy. For example, companies can choose Linux as an operating system, database software from IBM, or Oracle or messsaging software such as IBM's Lotus Notes as alternatives to Microsoft's products."

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