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Examining the "Facts" in Illinois

Nov 27, 2007, 17:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)

The Microsoft Fact in Illinois

"Microsoft, like most IT suppliers, tracks its successes and makes summary information about at least some of them available on its promotional web site.

"One such case study revolves on the decision by the State of Illinois to standardize on Microsoft's servers and related technologies..."

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"One of the interesting omissions from the Microsoft case study cited yesterday is any support for the claim that the Wintel decision will save the state $10.5 million over five years.

"It's the headline number and one we're not supposed to question--but put it in the context of 57,000 PCs over five years and it works out to 15.3 cents per working day--not exactly a lot, and but still something that we should be able to check up on..."

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