From: Rainer Buchty (
Date: 2003-08-28 17:19:43

> I guess a company who have invested in a working (well) environment
> are reluctant to invest more money into a different environment. The
> software itself may be free, but the installation and support will
> cost employee time and thus money.
> However, it is reported that an increased number of major companies
> are getting fed up with Microsoft's new licensing strategies and
> sincerely look for alternatives when an update is scheduled.

Besides, they also figured that if they go for "some other" (e.g. Linux)
solution that the training costs for this new solution equals the training
costs needed after a major upgrade of their used-so-far solution. So
whether you do the step from Win98/Office97 to WinXP/OfficeXP or from
Win98/Office97 to Linux/OpenOffice doesn't make any difference in
"transition costs" -- but you of course escaped M$'s rigid license policy.


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