Microsoft OS row

Microsoft has defended itself against claims it slashed the price of its software to encourage Birmingham City Council to ditch an open source desktop project

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By  Published  December 3, 2006

Microsoft has defended itself against claims it slashed the price of its software to encourage Birmingham City Council to ditch an open source desktop project.

The council had been looking into rolling out 1,500 Linux PCs across its libraries, but only converted 200 before aborting the pilot when it found out upgrading to Windows XP would be cheaper.

Industry experts have suggested Microsoft had offered Birmingham council special discounts to upgrade to XP rather than move to open source.

“Microsoft is going out of its way to lower prices to get deals,” Laurent Lachal, senior analyst at Ovum, told the ZDNet UK news site.

The software giant denied the allegations, with its head of platform strategy Nick McGrath claiming: “The decision was very much taken by Birmingham.”

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