CERN ditching Microsoft as licensing costs shoot up

Saturday, 15 Jun, 8.10 pm

San Francisco, June 15 (IANS) CERN -- the famous scientific lab where the web was born -- is ditching Microsoft as the latter has revoked CERN's academic status, thus, increasing the licensing costs by over tenfold.A prime example is that CERN has enjoyed special conditions for the use of Microsoft products for the last 20 years, by virtue of its status as an "academic institution". Although CERN has negotiated a ramp-up profile over ten years to give the necessary time to adapt, such costs are not sustainable, read a recent CERN blog post.The multi-year project will begin with a pilot mail service for the IT department and volunteers this summer.