August 16, 2004

Newham and Microsoft sign 10-yr deal

OwlWhacker writes "Microsoft and the Newham Council have signed a ten year agreement - worth at least £5m - making Microsoft the council's software provider of choice.

This is the concluding chapter in a long-running battle between the Redmond based software giant and the open source software community for pride of place in the London borough's IT department. As well as significant upgrades to the IT infrastructure and standardising on one version of Windows, the deal will see social workers equipped with Tablet PCs - part of making home visits more efficient.

[10 years is a long time for Newham to regret making that decision.]"

Link: theregister.co.uk

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