IT managers seeking MS alternatives

Microsoft claims its new licensing scheme greatly simplifies licensing for corporate customers, but those customers aren't happy with Licensing 6.0 and they're looking elsewhere:
Fifty-five percent of IT managers surveyed in a recent poll were considering other vendors and options as a result of Microsoft's changes to its licensing model.

The survey, conducted through ZDNet Australia's IT Manager Update newsletter, also found that 15 percent of respondents were still investigating implications, with another 15 percent indicating that the changes would result in spending cuts elsewhere. Only five percent of respondents felt that they wouldn't be affected by the changes.

The new licensing scheme has been criticized since it was announced, and Microsoft may have to lose a large chunk of market share before they change it. Until that happens, if it ever does, there's a sizable window of opportunity for alternatives to Microsoft products.

Free and open-source software obviously spring to mind, but going with free software might be a too big of a step for some corporations to take. Instead, alternative, commercially available software might flourish, in addition to companies built around supporting open-source or otherwise freely available software. Such companies could be instrumental in providing corporations with support and expertise for non-Microsoft products.

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