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ZDNet/Reuters: GartnerGroup: MS to charge firms extra [for Win2k]

Feb 18, 2000, 00:04 (6 Talkback[s])

"The launch of software giant Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 2000 operating system could press many large companies to pay thousands of dollars in extra licensing fees... GartnerGroup (NYSE: IT), which has criticized Microsoft's pricing policy for years, said the 'significant' new charges for Windows would affect 90 percent of large firms over the next two years, no matter what other software products they used.

Released to Reuters on the official launch day of Windows 2000, the report will likely aggravate allegations of dominance against Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) that last week prompted the European Commission to launch a probe into the new OS."

" 'Regardless of other vendors' products used, by (the second year after launch) 90 percent of enterprises with more than 1,000 desktops will have no choice but to purchase Windows 2000 client-access licenses for all their users,' the report said."

" 'You could look at something like Solaris or Linux but, to be honest, most organizations will find the cost of doing that conversion more expensive than any incremental license fees that they have to pay -- and Microsoft know that,' [Gartner alalyst Alexa] Bona said."

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