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The deadline for Microsoft's changes to its enterprise licensing model came and went last week, with no sign of compromise from...

The deadline for Microsoft's changes to its enterprise licensing model came and went last week, with no sign of compromise from Seattle. But if the UK's user community has not succeeded in forcing Microsoft into a retraction, it has at least made its views known in no uncertain terms.

Microsoft's actions galvanised our letter writers and their comments were far more substantive than spleen venting - they had alternatives to Microsoft software. Some correspondents expressed an intention to approach other suppliers, and to explore the possibilities of open source software. Others said they had already taken steps along the open source path, and pointed to the benefits they had realised.

Demands by groups representing UK users, that the Government should act to halt Microsoft's perceived abuse of its software dominance may bear fruit.

But whether they do or not, users are now realising that the power to escape the hardships of the Microsoft licensing regime lies in their hands.

How ironic it would be if an action by Microsoft proved to be the spark that finally lit the open source touch paper.

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