ComputerWorld/AU: Users face 50% price hike on Microsoft products – [Gartner] report

“Enterprise customers face a 50 per cent hike in their Microsoft
budgets each year until 2002, a Gartner Group study has warned.

The study stated: ‘Although Microsoft pricing will remain
ostensibly flat, enterprises using Microsoft software should expect
to pay 50 per cent more a year as a result of changes to terms and
conditions.’ “

“The study added: “We believe Microsoft will increasingly use
changes related to usage as a means of increasing revenue.’ Thomas
Bittman, an analyst at Gartner, noted Microsoft contracts include
terms that allow it to change usage entitlements at will.”

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