9 Years of Microsoft Software

Here's a really nice analysis by John Lettice in The Register about Microsoft's gigantic deal to lock in the UK's National Health Service (NHS) to nine years of Windows and Office. Nine years? My goodness. I can't get Windows to run for more than a year without having to re-install the thing a couple of times. I have no clue on Office. I haven't used Office since 1997.

I love the title of The Register's article, though: One standard, one Microsoft - how the NHS sold its choice. It took Gates and Ballmer to personally close the deal as Microsoft called in the big guns and offered deep discounts. The NHS had been running a trial of Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS), but my impression from Lettice's piece is that it wasn't taken very seriously. Who knows. But I wonder, will Microsoft characterize this as a win over Linux (since it was the Linux version of JDS) or a win over Sun?
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