"'Microsoft has put the inventory request on hold,' said
Catherine Brooker, a company spokesman. 'Microsoft realized it
wasn't as sensitive as it could have been with the timing of its
"How long the hold is on, however, is unclear. Steve Carlson,
the associate superintendent for information and technology for
Beaverton schools, said Microsoft has put nothing in writing: 'We
don't know what to believe.'
"What became clear after I wrote about the audits April 21 was
that Microsoft wasn't simply picking on cash-strapped school
districts in the Northwest. Terry Hippenhammer of Puget Sound ESD,
said schools in 35 states have been audited. Annoyed tech
coordinators in Iowa, Arkansas, Utah and Philadelphia suggested
that Microsoft's licensing tactics were pushing them toward Linux
and free, open-source software..."