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Eastern Daily Press: Schools Still Handing Cash to Microsoft

Jun 20, 2003, 11:00 (9 Talkback[s])

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"Education Secretary Charles Clarke was last night under renewed pressure to close a loophole allowing computer giant Microsoft to charge schools thousands of pounds for using its software.

"As heads in Norfolk battle to cope with a £700,000 budget shortfall, and with almost 100 posts forecast to be axed, Bill Gates' company is still making a mint by charging schools up to £15,000 to use products such as Microsoft Office.

"And almost a year after the EDP first raised the licence issue, we can reveal that nothing has been done by the firm or the Government to consign the fees to the delete bin..."

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