Linux Munich Deal Final

By Deane Barker on June 17, 2004

German city picks Linux over Microsoft: We’ve known about this deal for a while, but what’s interesting is the lengths Microsoft went to win and was still rebuffed.

Microsoft offered last-minute concessions that would have made Windows and Office cheaper than switching. USA TODAY obtained city records that revealed Microsoft: Underbid a competing Linux proposal by nearly $12 million, offered to let the city buy only Microsoft Word for some PCs and strip off other applications normally bundled in Microsoft Office, including Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint slide presenter, [and] threw in millions of dollars’ worth of training and support services for free.

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