"New Zealand's government-wide deal to purchase
Microsoft products has fallen apart. The fact that the country has
won awards for its work towards adopting open standards and open
source means that it has the resources to look at other options for
"Instead of the three-year deals that Microsoft had concluded in
the past, New Zealand has now retained the option to obtain
"recommended retail price certainty for agencies as a basis for
their individual negotiations.
"The New Zealand State Services Commission says it will support
agencies "to explore how they can maximise their ICT investment and
achieve greater value for money."
"That phrase should be enough to bring Steve Ballmer to the
boil. The kool-aid that Microsoft has been selling to governments
worldwide has been that it provides the best value for money."