NHS loses massive Microsoft licensing rebate
Jul 15, 2010, 20:04 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The nine year deal was signed by Richard Granger back in 2004
and was worth £500m. It had break points every three years.
It was meant to provide major savings for the health service -
£300m over the full nine years.
"Microsoft also promised "a health specific user interface for
clinical systems" and to spend £40m in R&D.
"Granger got such a good deal in part by publicly threatening to
move the NHS to Sun's Java desktop software. Shortly after that
Bill Gates arrived to negotiate directly with Granger, visit the
Department of Health and pick up a knighthood. We reported the
shenanigans at the time here."
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