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UPDATE: New Zealand Herald: Gov't Seeks Discount Deal with MS/Licence Regime Turns Off Buyers

May 14, 2002, 18:29 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Wood)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood and Tom for these links. ]

Government Seeks Discount Deal with Microsoft

"The negotiations follow a $10 million deal between the Government and Microsoft for schools last year.

"Attempts to achieve the deal come amid reports from around the world of governments considering Open Source software alternatives to Microsoft, and of concerns by IT managers about changes to Microsoft's software licensing system...

"Reasons being given for investigating it range from cost savings to an appeal to democratic principles because its source code is available..."

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Licence Regime Turns Off Buyers

"As the Government tries to get more value out of its Microsoft purchasing, there is rising concern among IT managers over the company's Software Assurance licensing scheme.

"'Microsoft seems to want to accelerate the uptake of new operating systems,' [IDC Analyst Peter Hind] said. 'It's a failure to recognise that business is saying, 'we're not going to spend two, three, four million dollars to get into an upgrade gravy train so people like Microsoft and Intel can get revenue'...'"

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