"Instead of general promotion of open source software,
the funds are specifically earmarked for adopting and promoting use
of the OpenOffice suite of productivity applications in government
offices. While $285,000 probably isn't going to shake Microsoft
down to its roots, the company has to be watching this development
"Norway happens to be the exact same country where Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer offered students free copies of Microsoft's developer
tools in September. The Register attributed that decision to
Microsoft's contention that it "has lost a generation of developers
who might have embraced Windows and .NET, thanks to the Mac and
open source frameworks and operating systems.""
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