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Virginian Pilot: Microsoft orders Va. Beach to prove software ownership

Nov 05, 2000, 15:09 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katrice Franklin)

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"Basically, [the letter from Microsoft] demands that Virginia Beach, the state's most populous city, produce a list of all the Microsoft software it uses. The company also wants to see the city's software licenses -- paperwork that proves the software was purchased."

"For an organization that's 99 percent reliant on Microsoft software, and has more than 5,900 employees and 3,500 computers, the letter was jolting...."

"To fulfill Microsoft's request, the Beach has pulled five members, or 25 percent, of its core technical staff away from their regular duties to focus on the pending deadline. As a result, staffers in line for new computers or replacement computers must now wait three to four weeks to receive them, said Gwen Cowart, director of communications and information technology."

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