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Network Computing: Feeling the Heat in Redmond

Jul 02, 2002, 13:05 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Preston)

"The chink in Microsoft's armor remains the high TCO of its software, and not just the indirect costs customers bear for system downtime, security holes and technology lock-in. The price of Microsoft software is on the rise as Redmond phases out 'perpetual' licenses for big customers in favor of subscriptions that place time limits on usage. This policy change, to take effect Aug. 1, comes as Microsoft cracks down on its existing licensees, requiring some to perform audits to show they're complying with its rigid terms.

"Add to those costs the restrictions Microsoft is placing on how companies can use its software and you see why some customers are cranky. One new policy bans companies from using Microsoft tools to develop software that runs on non-Microsoft operating systems. It's one thing to tell customers they have to pay up for yet another upgrade; it's another to tell them they can't distribute original source code or use their own handiwork on another OS..."

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