Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 28th May 2003 18:28 UTC, submitted by michael
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y In what is being called "one of the largest desktop migrations to Linux ever seen", Microsoft seems to have lost a major account worth "tens of millions of euros" when the city of Munich said on Wednesday it would switch 14,000 computers from Microsoft's Windows operating system to Linux.
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Bad news for MS
by Aki Kolehmainen on Thu 29th May 2003 14:16 UTC

News like this have an instant effect on one thing: Microsoft profit margins. When big companies and public customers realize that they can get heavy discounts from MS just by threatening it with the Linux card, sure they'll adopt that negotiation method at once. Most of them will for the time being stay with MS, but MS will see its profit margins and revenue development jeopardized in a way that may make their market value collapse.