Microsoft Beats Linux in Trio of Govt. Contracts

London (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp announced a trio of European government contract wins on Tuesday, the latest salvo in the growing turf battle between the software giant and vendors of the upstart Linux software.

The U.S. software giant would not disclose financial terms of the deals, which it said it won after competing head-to-head for the business with various Linux vendors. Microsoft said it would deploy its signature Windows server and desktop software on thousands of computers for the city governments in Frankfurt, the Latvian capital of Riga and Turku in Finland.

For the past year, an intense battle has been raging across Europe as more corporations and government agencies turn to the open-source Linux software to run their desktop and network computer systems. The biggest blow to Microsoft came in May when Germany's SuSE landed a lucrative contract to switch more than 14,000 Windows desktop PCs to Linux for the city government of Munich.

News source: Reuters

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