German Government Switching Back To Windows OS From Linux After 10 Years

Back in 2004, German City Council decided to deploy Linux OS across their departments to reduce the dependence of Microsoft and to decrease the costs associated with their IT systems. Whenever the discussions about cost savings by switching to open source software comes, Microsoft always tells that there are lots of hidden costs associated with it. This argument is once again proven correct by this German’s switch over to Windows. Due to poor user experience, lack of features, no proper compatibility with many standard formats, German government has decided to switch back to Windows after 10 years.

Source: Sueddeutsche via: Neowin

  • SpicyMikey

    Nice to hear! Windows Server OS is solid and integrates seamlessly with IIS, SQl Server, Azure, etc. For the smaller datacenter operation Linux was a cost savings 10 years ago, but in this ever increasing connected world, a platform like MSFT now offers tips the scale back IMO. Especially for someone that needs more than to just setup a server and host a few websites.

    To make the story relevant to the mobile world; This is the main strength, and possible saving grace, with WP as well. That’s why the victories for WP will probably start from the business side of things rather than the consumer side. On the consumer side, WP really brings very little to the table that Apple and Android don’t already offer. In fact, WP is still lacking on the consumer offerings. So is it any mystery why WP isn’t selling well yet? Not really

    • Njoi Fontes

      I disagree. Wp offers many things that neither ios or Android offer individually. In relation to ios It offers a more open and secure environment without the instability and lagginess of android, while also being (in my opinion) better looking than any version of android or ios. It is as easy to use as ios while being considerably more flexible allowing file transfer through Bluetooth, nfc, wireless charging, file managers, etc. I really don’t understand the argument that wp is somehow being in features, especially when compared to ios.

      • SpicyMikey

        Meh we’ve heard that before. Actually I agree with it (for my personal uses). But its obviously not true (or at least not enough of a difference) to the vast majority of people to compel them to buy a WP. Android and iPhone have way to much momentum to try and convince the masses to change for those imcremental improvements. They would need a WOW factor, and they just don’t have it. At least not yet

        • Ben A

          The wow factor is already there and they are gaming momentum. Take a look at the Europe growth of Windows Phone.

          • SpicyMikey

            Wish it were try my friend. Might be exciting for some, but the vast majority still are far from impressed. Let the numbers just speak for themselves and it’s not encouraging.

            True, SOME of Europe is doing well I agree. That;s very good to see. But Asia, America, Australia, and mostly everywhere else is flat or losing ground (depending on what numbers you look at) It’s ugly in the short term. No sense we deny it.

          • Guesty

            That honest talk is going to keep you from making friends. 😉

          • SpicyMikey

            Haha, you’re right. So good thing I’m not here to make friends :)

          • Rikkirik

            In business it’s never about short term results. Look at the Xbox or Windows Azure. Yes Azure has strong momentum, but the Xbox had slow momentum. At the end of 2013, a decade after it’s first launch, in total 80 million Xbox 360’s we’re sold, which matched Sony’s sales of the PS3. WP has surpassed the IPhone in at least 24 countries. If that”s not a sign on the wall of WP strength, then I do not know what is. Furthermore carriers are pushing Iphones and Galaxies, at the expense of WP with subsidies, especially in the western world. In a level playing field a lot of people would never buy an IPhone or a Galaxy. It’s pittyfull to see that teenagers are buying these expensive phones, which is only possible if Carriers keep subsidizing sales of Iphones and Galaxies. It’s not a question of quality or features or specs or ecosystem, but more of subsidies.

          • SpicyMikey

            It’s both really. But I agree, ultimately your long term strategy and success is most important. That’s why I am still optimistic. I agree I think their long game is still good. They can and will probably become a significant player in this segment eventually. Might take 10 years to crack the USA but they will do it.

            I’m speaking more about their short game. For that the OS sales look ugly and will continue to be so for many years. Nadella seems to acknowledge and embrace that reality more than Balmer did. It’s why I think we are seeing this dual priority emerging where Mobile Services are just as critical as the Mobile OS venture.

            I believe the services game is even more critical for the short game than the OS, and MSFT clearly sees that also. This is why we are seeing annoying decisions (for us) that are putting iOS and Android users first over WP users with some service offerings.

          • Topsey

            Current numbers tell us Windows Phone market share has dropped to 2.5% for the world. Sorry that does not point to a wall of strength more like a turd in the grass. And stop trying to blame carriers for its failure.

      • Guesty

        It can not be more OPEN and more SECURE.

  • Thomas

    It’s not the German government. It’s the city of Munich! Get your facts straight please. Sometimes it’s so embarrassing to read your drivel…


      It’s not THE German Government but it is German Government so strictly speaking he’s right. I think the headline is to grab attention which is really annoying because it’s misleading.

      • Thomas

        It’s also not correct. Germany is a federal state (we had to build the country this way after WW II so that power was distributed across the country instead of being concentrated in one city like before…) so you could at most claim it’s an idea of Bavaria. But I don’t even know whether that’s true since not many cities in Germany switched their IT to open source.

        It’s only Munich as far as I can tell from reading German press so far.

        And yes, of course the headline is misleading on purpose. It’s click bait and Surur doesn’t give a shit about what the readers think of it.

    • Jorge M

      What do you believe is going to happen with the other cities that tried this experiment when they realized the same thing Munich realized?

  • counterblow

    lol….they always come crawling back… just think of all that productivity they lost over 10 years futzing with Linux.

  • chris

    As already stated it’s only the City of Munich, not Germany. But more importantly they’re debating whether a change back to Microsoft would reduce costs at all. Nothing has been decided yet.

    So yeah, this article makes no sense at all in its current state.

  • Radoslav Dejanović

    Ten months later, it seems that Munich is not crawling back to Microsoft?