With more than $US32 billion in sales last year, Microsoft doesn't usually worry about losing one customer. But this one may be different.
October 20, 2003
Massachusetts officially embraces open source
The Massachusetts legislature has instructed its chief technology officer to adopt a policy of "open standards, open source" for all future spending on information technology. The directive likely wouldn't completely cut out Microsoft from the state's $US80million ($115 million) technology budget. But it may have been the clearest example yet of a US state government taking sides - against Microsoft - in the most important struggle in the software industry.