"Basically, [the letter from Microsoft] demands that Virginia
Beach, the state's most populous city, produce a list of all the
Microsoft software it uses. The company also wants to see the
city's software licenses -- paperwork that proves the software was
"For an organization that's 99 percent reliant on Microsoft
software, and has more than 5,900 employees and 3,500 computers,
the letter was jolting...."
"To fulfill Microsoft's request, the Beach has pulled five
members, or 25 percent, of its core technical staff away from their
regular duties to focus on the pending deadline. As a result,
staffers in line for new computers or replacement computers must
now wait three to four weeks to receive them, said Gwen Cowart,
director of communications and information technology."