"And Australian users are not alone. In the UK, Central Scotland
Police moved 1,000 users to Star Office, saving itself a quarter of
a million pounds. The aim, according to a report on VNUnet, is 'to
do away with Microsoft altogether'.
"Closer to home, in New Zealand, a Commerce Commission case is
pending. While transport operator Stagecoach and associated company
Fullers Group investigate alternatives, fruit exporter Enza is
segmenting its user base to determine who needs Microsoft tools and
who does not...
"For users, the time will inevitably come when they either
succumb or jump to alternative suppliers. US Giga Group analyst
Julie Giera told CNET in May 2002 that of the third intending not
to sign to version 6.0 licensing, 80 per cent are installing Linux
somewhere in their organisation. However, Kablau says he does not
believe the alternatives are a significant threat..."
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