Total Vista Recap, and a Bit of Licensing How-To

If you can't get enough news about Vista, or need to hone your upgrade plans, make sure to check out what Scott Bekker has to say. Bekker walks through the licensing implications, how best to work the numbers and how to avoid the activation pitfalls!

Redmond and Europe: We Cool?
The European Union fought like Conquistadors against XP, Windows Server, Vista and operating systems to be named later, claiming they violated all manner of antitrust law.

Despite an all-new wave of products, Redmond is still dealing with the aftermath of EU decisions made years ago, like a March 2004 ruling that claimed Microsoft leveraged its desktop monopoly to gain share in server operating systems. The company gave out over 8,000 pages of documents attempting to prove that Windows Server is as open to third parties as it is to Redmond itself. If you want to read Microsoft's obtuse explanation of the situation, go here.

Just Talking About Linux Can Save You Money
There is a raging and too often specious debate over which operating system -- Windows Server or Linux -- offers a better payback, or in tech-speak, ROI. Putting that aside, it's arguable that just threatening to move to Linux can save millions of dollars when negotiating a Microsoft contract. Our resident Microsoft negotiator Scott Braden wrote a recent column explaining exactly how the threat of Linux, real or feigned, can knock a bunch of dough off your next contract.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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