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Microsoft forces software rethink

Daniel Thomas
More than three quarters of companies have analysed their software investments more closely following Microsoft's controversial licensing changes, according to this week's Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question survey.

Last year, Microsoft introduced a licensing regime that many companies estimated would more than double their software costs. User groups were furious and complained that Microsoft was once again abusing its monopoly of desktop operating systems.

Speaking to Computer Weekly last week, Neil Holloway, managing director of Microsoft in the UK, refuted this claim and said what the company was doing was "right for customers".

However, 76% of the IT managers polled said the licensing changes had made their company reappraise its software investments.

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