"Enterprises are able to negotiate increasingly better licensing
deals with Microsoft as the company fights off competition from
Linux and other open-source software, according to software vendors
and industry analysts.
"Charles Andrews, director of public sector at Sun, told ZDNet
UK that more competition has already caused prices to fall, which
means government departments have more money to spend on services
rather than software licences. 'We are engaged with the government
on a whole range of projects and the market and street price is
changing as a result of competition. From a government and citizen
point of view, it means they are not being ripped off,' he
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