“the government has already told Microsoft that it will not renew its licensing agreement and that it will reinvest the savings in improving the in-house system”
Isn’t it interesting that the “positive feedback” that was used to build M$’s monopoly can also be used to destroy it? We can add freedom from NSA-spying onto the stack of reasons to escape M$’s slavery: cost, malware, re-re-rebooting, sloowwwwwiiiiinnnnnnnggggggg down, BSODs, lock-in, shifting file-formats and protocols, feature-bloat, etc. Of course, the NSA is not only negative for M$ but also for dozens of high profile web businesses and their partners. I wonder if the USAian businesses that will be harmed by the NSA in the next year or so will demand the NSA shrink via their paid lobbyists? I wonder how many USAian businesses will move offshore to escape the tangle of USAian legislation and institutions? I wonder how many other countries besides Brazil are planning their escape from USAian hegemony? 2013 is turning out to be quite a year. Already the shutdown of the government and the threat of default has cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. Add the NSA and a new recession could well be in the works. Thank Goodness, I am retired and can sit around and grow/harvest my own food instead of wondering how to find a job when the USA sinks beneath the waves.