Cost-Effective Alternatives to Microsoft Windows and Office

March 3, 2009

When faced with tough economic times, Microsoft business clients of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans] resort to a plethora of solutions to reduce computer expenses. One of our larger clients is now using alternatives to Microsoft products to reduce IT expenditures during this recession.

Our client is deploying Microsoft Office on Windows PCs for power users, while Google Apps offers a fine cost-effective Office alternative for regular users. Some contend this heterogeneous environment could significantly reduce licensing costs with little impact on productivity. Other cost-effective alternatives to Microsoft Office include IBM Lotus Symphony, Sun Microsystems Star Office and the related Open Office open source code project, Google Docs, Yahoo’s Zimbra open source apps, and Zoho.

Several PC manufacturers are offering Linux PCs with open source application suites. They include Hewlett-Packards HP Linux dc 5850 and Dell’s Mini 9 with Ubuntu Linux. To stay competitive and encourage the continued growth of its application business, Microsoft will have to make Windows compete with its near-zero cost equivalent competitors. Remember that Suns Scott McNealy swore on Wall Street he would never allow Solaris to become open source, and we know the end to that story.

What is your company doing to reduce IT costs in this present economic contraction? Do you think Linux and Open Source provide a cost-effective solution to Microsoft licensing?

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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