Double bubble for Microsoft

Microsoft software could cost over twice the expected amount due to the latest licensing changes, claims The Infrastructure Forum...

Microsoft software could cost over twice the expected amount due to the latest licensing changes, claims The Infrastructure Forum (Tif), a UK blue chip user group.

The data was obtained from 50 delegates at over 40 large UK organisations during an August workshop on Microsoft licensing. Since then, Tif has sent the word out to encourage other organisations that did not participate in the workshop to investigate what the implications are for their companies.

David Roberts, chief executive of Tif, says: 'There is a huge interest in these new licensing arrangements for it doesn't look easy to navigate and the more information that has been gathered shows the same trend. Gartner estimated that the new licences would cause a 29-107 per cent increase in IT costs for a range of companies, but we found that most are in the top end of the range, if not higher.'

'Most, not just a few organisations like Gartner predicted, are going to suffer an increase. The budgets for next year are already written and it's very hard for IT departments to go back and ask for more money, especially if it is up to twice the original amount. The cost of IT is always under pressure, and this year, even more. Now, all of a sudden, the goal posts have been moved. We have not had any discussions with Microsoft but I am sure we will in the future.'

Microsoft was unable for comment directly on Tif's research. A spokesperson said, 'Yesterday, it was announced that the European Commission is broadening their investigations into the anti-trust allegations against Microsoft. Because of the issues surrounding the European commission, we cannot make any comment on the licensing structures.'

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