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Australian Financial Review: Angry Microsoft Clients Looking at Linux to Get Even

Jun 25, 2002, 13:00 (23 Talkback[s])
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"The clock is ticking for companies to comply with Microsoft Corp's new software-pricing policy, a plan criticised for raising customers' software costs while helping Microsoft's bottom line.

"Microsoft's new policy, to take effect on July 31, does away with many long-time discounts and encourages corporations to sign up for automatic upgrades to new products. The plan varies according to factors such as a company's size and the products they use. In general, large firms already signed up for subscription-like plans face fewer changes than smaller clients.

"Because of expected price increases, some long-time customers are considering competing products such as the Linux operating system and Sun Microsystems Inc's StarOffice, which competes with Microsoft's ubiquitous Office suite of programs..."

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