"A Microsoft-commissioned study has found that companies could
save up to 28 percent by developing certain programs with Windows
instead of Linux, the software company plans to announce on
"The study, conducted by Giga Research and paid for by
Microsoft, compared the likely costs over four years for a dozen
medium-size and large businesses that were developing Web-based
portals. Giga examined the costs of creating a portal using
Microsoft's Windows operating system and related development tools
as compared with those of Linux-based systems using Java 2
Enterprise Edition (J2EE) tools.
"'The primary conclusion of the study is that Microsoft offers a
substantial cost advantage over J2EE/Linux as a development
platform for the applications considered,' Giga analysts wrote in
the report, which is set for release on Tuesday..."