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CNET News: Governments Vote Against Microsoft

Jan 23, 2004, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft has had its share of bad courtroom experiences, but lately the software giant has been taking some of its hardest knocks in city council and legislative chambers.

"While government customers account for less than 10 percent of Microsoft's revenue, according to analyst estimates, they've caused a disproportionate share of headaches for the company over the past year. Ambitious projects to migrate government computers to Linux and other competing software, official decrees favoring open-source products and hard-nosed licensing negotiations have put government customers well ahead of private business when it comes to testing Microsoft's mettle..."

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