On Sat, May 08, 2004 at 02:50:32AM +0100, James McCarthy wrote:
> Which works out to $6.4Bn in 2003, lets assune theyre all XP-Pro, which
> cost about $350 per copy(pre-installed).
> Thats 18,285,714 copies of XP (probably less), so divide the amount lost
> to viruses by the number of copies of XP and you have the virus cost per
> Which is $3008 per Windows pc per YEAR(and the costs continue to rise,
> not including the cost of windows).
Firstly Microsoft will do bulk discounts on OS licencing. A merchant bank
doing an 60,000 desktop roll out will not be paying 60,000 times the street
Secondly, the figure you quote for installations ignores the fact that that
is new installations, and ignores all the Windows installations over the last
Personally I reckon if you've proved anything its possibly that the impact
of viruses on productivity is overhyped.
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