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Sunbelt Software: Corporations Resist New Microsoft License

May 01, 2002, 19:00 (41 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Les Brunswick for this link. ]

"Negative reaction to the upcoming Microsoft Licensing 6.0 Program is increasing and not lessening, as the August 1, 2002 launch date looms closer. A significant portion -over one-third - 36 percent -- of corporate enterprises report they don't have the necessary funds to upgrade to the Microsoft Licensing 6.0 Program, while another 38 percent say they are actively seeking alternatives to Microsoft products.

"Those are the results of the latest Information Technology Intelligence Corp./Sunbelt Software, Inc. independent oll of over 1,500 corporations worldwide. Those polled included Windows 2000 network and systems administrators, Exchange and SQL administrators as well as Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Officers and Chief Operating Officers. Reactions from those polled indicate outrage and resentment over the proposed changes and price hikes in the forthcoming Microsoft Licensing 6.0 Program is building. As a result, companies said they are much more willing to actively contemplate a switch to rival software products. Linux, Unix, Novell's eDirectory, Corel and Star Office are the products which are the products most often cited by users as the platforms they might migrate to in the event they do switch from the Windows, Active Directory and Office platforms..."

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