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CERN to move away from Microsoft because license fees have skyrocketed

Windows may still be the operating system on desktops and laptops, by choice or not, but Microsoft’s biggest profit comes from the wholesale licensing of the OS on enterprise, government, and educational computers.

That has caused not only governments but even CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, to move away from Windows and proprietary software at large.

As PCMag so poetically put it , if the world’s largest particle physics lab and home of the Large Hadron Collider can no longer afford Windows licenses, then Microsoft is doing something terribly wrong.

The domino effect meant that Microsoft software licenses will cost it ten times the previous amount.

The bright minds at CERN saw it coming and started MAlt, the Microsoft Alternative project, last year.

And if CERN manages to successfully pull it off, Microsoft could lose more academic institutions who will undoubtedly follow suit to avoid suffering the same fate.

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