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Reuters: Governments Take a Peek at Microsoft Windows Code

Jul 31, 2003, 21:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bernhard Warner, Lucas Van Grinsven)

"Microsoft said 12 countries, including Austria, Russia, China and the UK, had entered into the new deals, with another 35 in negotiation, since the program started in January.

"The stakes are high. An increasing number of corporations and governments are turning to the so-called open-source Linux software to run their desktop and networked computer systems, posing the biggest threat yet to Microsoft's dominant market position in computer operating systems.

"Microsoft has turned up the heat in its offensive against vendors of Linux software and services--which range from software titan International Business Machines to Red Hat Inc.--creating special funds and discounts to win over budget-conscious potential customers..."

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