Check this out, from Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld, June 27th: Time is right to bargain with Microsoft - as desktop software becomes less important, companies have leverage over the software giant for a better enterprise agreement!http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/06/27/79602_27OPreality_1.html
"There is a shift taking place, away from mammoth applications and the support they require. Our very own Oliver Rist says you’ll need 2GB of RAM to run Windows Vista (http://www.infoworld.com/4210 ). But on the horizon are downloadable applications from the likes of Google, not to mention mashups, reusable Web services, and the OpenDocument format.
Plus, the fact that the desktop is no longer the center of the universe means you can now safely consider, where appropriate, Linux desktops. It may not be right for all 50,000 of your desktop users, but maybe there are 25 percent who would do nicely without all the bells and whistles of a Windows desktop.
Finally, other leverage points you can use, according to Gartner, include convincing Microsoft that you can walk away from the deal and use your currently established licensing rights, or that you can upgrade Windows via the hardware refresh, rather than through an EA agreement.
It’s hard to say when exactly the world changed, but certainly everyone can agree that innovation has moved off the desktop. Perhaps it is time to stop paying it tribute."