What a week: top stories you may have missed

What the latest moves by Microsoft and Google mean for you, an in depth look at the crisis in the NHS IT system and more green computing, we have selected the best computerworld uk news for you to browse..


Both Microsoft and Google made announcements this week that could fundamentally change the way businesses by IT in the next few years.

Microsoft's move to simplify its licensing is not just a response to the demands of end users over recent years, but is a competitive move against the growing impact of software as a service offerings. Google's agreement with Capgemini represents the threat. Everyone will have to consider their requirements and sourcing options in the light of these developments.

Elsewhere the government's £12.4bn NHS IT programme has come under sharp scrutiny. It really is time for a fundamental review of the project, so that we can all benefit from the undoubted benefits IT can deliver to healthcare.

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Editor's highlights

Microsoft dramatically simplifies licensing

Dramatic reductions in length of bulk software contracts and pricing options

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