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As someone pointed out on another thread, IT spending for both home and business tends to be pretty discretionary.

If you're short of cash, you just put up with the slow machine you've got.

I think the sector's going to be hit very hard.

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Time for poetry corner:

Windows is shutting down, and grammar are

On their last leg. So what am we to do?

A letter of complaint go just so far,

Proving the only one in step are you.

Better, perhaps, to simply let it goes.

A sentence have to be screwed pretty bad

Before they gets to where you doesnt knows

The meaning what it must of meant to had.

The meteor have hit. Extinction spread,

But evolution do not stop for that.

A mutant languages rise from the dead

And all them rules is suddenly old hat.

Too bad for we, us what has had so long

The best seat from the only game in town.

But there it am, and whom can say its wrong?

Those are the break. Windows is shutting down.

Clive James

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I haven't seen many places adopt Vista at all yet. Most places know their stuff works on XP Pro so it's easier to stay there rather than faff for a twiddly new GUI.

Vista is to XP as WinMe was to Win98.

TFH

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Oh dear. I suspect the UK will be hit hard. Let's face it, who is buying PCs/Windows now. They must have lost a bucketfull of corporate clients in recent months and others must have cut back dramatically.

Yep, all that money blown on Vista development and then no sales.

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Every public sector office should have to justify why it can't use Linux and Open Office instead of Microsoft. I suspect for the vast majority of PC's there is no need to pay for proprietary software. In one county council the licensing bill amounted to 200k+ for the police authority alone. These are the sorts of savings we should be making at the moment - but our Glorious leader seems intent on spending more instead of prudent cut backs.

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Every public sector office should have to justify why it can't use Linux and Open Office instead of Microsoft. I suspect for the vast majority of PC's there is no need to pay for proprietary software. In one county council the licensing bill amounted to 200k+ for the police authority alone. These are the sorts of savings we should be making at the moment - but our Glorious leader seems intent on spending more instead of prudent cut backs.

pay nothing for everything and we will end up with nothing.

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Every public sector office should have to justify why it can't use Linux and Open Office instead of Microsoft. I suspect for the vast majority of PC's there is no need to pay for proprietary software. In one county council the licensing bill amounted to 200k+ for the police authority alone. These are the sorts of savings we should be making at the moment - but our Glorious leader seems intent on spending more instead of prudent cut backs.

Unless I'm very much mistaken, Linux doesn't install itself, convert non-Linux systems to Linux, and train staff for free?

Yes, they'd save the licensing costs, but the price they'd have to pay to make this saving would dwarf the actual saving, rather like buying a new Toyota Prius in order to save on fuel costs compared to your current Micra.

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It has very little to do with Vista. The profit engine at MS is Office.

In reality MS needs to accept that they are no longer a growth company. When there are no new customers and all you do is upgrade your current customers you are basically a utility.

The best thing MS could do is split it self up into lots of innovate companies instead of trying to tie all there disparate software together in one big pile of marketing junk.

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It has very little to do with Vista. The profit engine at MS is Office.

That's very true. That profit engine is broken though, the new version of office is inferior the old version and in any case, office 97 had enough for 98% of people.

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It has very little to do with Vista. The profit engine at MS is Office.

In reality MS needs to accept that they are no longer a growth company. When there are no new customers and all you do is upgrade your current customers you are basically a utility.

The best thing MS could do is split it self up into lots of innovate companies instead of trying to tie all there disparate software together in one big pile of marketing junk.

I almost wish I`d paid for this copy of Office now!

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That's very true. That profit engine is broken though, the new version of office is inferior the old version and in any case, office 97 had enough for 98% of people.

I agree 100% (saves typing +1)

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I can 100% confirm the 16k to go at IBM.

58 of the 1500 'immediate' job losses at MS are UK employees. That represents less than 2.5% of UK headcount.

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