March 24, 2004

Yankee Independently Pits Windows TCO vs. Linux TCO

In one of the first non-Microsoft-funded total-cost-of-ownership studies by a major market-research firm, Windows still comes on strong.

On the heels of several Microsoft-sponsored studies evaluating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Windows vs. Linux, The Yankee Group has performed
its own independent research on the same topic. And the findings are somewhat similar: Linux provides smaller companies with customized vertical
applications or who have no legacy networks with better TCO than Windows.

But for the vast majority of customers -- and especially those that are already Windows shops -- Windows still offers better TCO value, according to
the Yankee/Sunbelt Software study, which is due to be published this week.


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