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ZDNet UK: Open Source 'Pressuring Microsoft Pricing'

Feb 19, 2004, 21:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"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 said..."

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