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ZDNet: Expert: Use Open Source to Cut MS Prices

Mar 03, 2003, 20:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Winston Chai)

"The recent win by a Taiwanese pressure group that forced Microsoft to slash prices by over 50 percent is a strategy that works only up to a point, said an industry analyst.

"For the software giant to really feel the heat, a better strategy may be for governments to speak with their checkbooks, said Robin Simpson, Gartner Australasia's research director.

"He said that when governments give departments a free hand to try and buy open-source software--such as the Linux operating system and OpenOffice suite--the results are longer-lasting..."

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