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Kiwis give Microsoft the finger

May 28, 2009, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

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"New Zealand's government-wide deal to purchase Microsoft products has fallen apart. The fact that the country has won awards for its work towards adopting open standards and open source means that it has the resources to look at other options for its software.

"Instead of the three-year deals that Microsoft had concluded in the past, New Zealand has now retained the option to obtain "recommended retail price certainty for agencies as a basis for their individual negotiations.

"The New Zealand State Services Commission says it will support agencies "to explore how they can maximise their ICT investment and achieve greater value for money."

"That phrase should be enough to bring Steve Ballmer to the boil. The kool-aid that Microsoft has been selling to governments worldwide has been that it provides the best value for money."

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