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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000 193

girlmad writes: "Google has scored a major win on the back of Microsoft's Windows XP support cut-off. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has begun moving all its employees over to Samsung Chromebooks and Chromeboxes ahead of the 8 April deadline. The council was previously running 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800 XP laptops, and is currently in the process of retiring these in favour of around 2,000 Chromebooks and 300 Chromeboxes. It estimates the savings at around £400,000 compared to upgrading to newer Windows machines — no small change."
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

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  • Re:All that is left (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Dutch Gun ( 899105 ) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @06:40PM (#46644117)

    is for the diva to sing the operatic conclusion and for cats and dogs to get along.

    Microsoft is so doomed. Who really needs them? Not most people.

    Have you seen the latest Samsung tablets? Holy cow the better than Hi-def resolution, vivid colors, awesome performance, none of them running Windows, all of them running Android. I saw them recently and my first reaction was: Microsoft is so doomed.

    Yeah, all except for that pesky near 90% desktop market share, and the millions of applications people rely on that use a Windows operating system to do their work. The market is significantly broadening, no doubt, to include non-desktop/laptop computing platforms, but make no mistake, Windows is still very firmly entrenched on the desktop. And regular old computers where people still need to get work done on a day to day basis is still a lucrative market, if not as sexy as phones and tablets. The fact that it makes Slashdot headlines when a company or government branch moves away from Windows tells you that it's not exactly happening all over the place either.

    Not trying to sound like a shill here, but let's try to stay realistic. MS is going nowhere for the foreseeable future. Unless, of course, they keep pissing off their desktop customers with garbage like Windows 8.

  • Something's fishy... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by MikeRT ( 947531 ) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @06:48PM (#46644187)

    1. They're replacing 4,300 Windows machines with 2,300 Chrome machines. Why is the number of boxes cut nearly in half?
    2. Did they factor in the cost of Google Apps?
    3. Did they factor in the issue of retraining and other migration costs?

    Bet they didn't. Bet they just said they can stop buying Windows boxes and that's all there is to the cost.

  • by im_thatoneguy ( 819432 ) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @08:15PM (#46644861)

    Personally in our organization we like to save money but we also view buying a laptop as a very low cost expense. When an employee costs $100-$200k to employ (overhead, office space, janitorial, taxes, healthcare etc) a $1,000 system every 2 years or so is a tiny drop in the bucket.

    At $150k / 40 hour weeks * 48 weeks = $79 per hour.

    At that rate it only takes 10 hours of time savings before the computer (or $1,000 software) is "free". 10 hours sounds like a lot but if your employee has to wait 2 minutes a day for 2 years for a slow process you're looking at over $1,000 in wasted time. 2 minutes a day is a very very low bar for achievement.

    Instead of trumpeting how much they saved on licensing fees, I would ask how much time they are saving--or are they? Is this just the IT department triumphantly cutting their budget or HR picking up the expense of extra employees to do the same work. That's the headline I would be interested in. If this saved them having 2 employees then they would save 400,000 pounds. If it meant they needed 3 more employees then they not only replaced the upgrade fees but actually increased their net budget.

    I would suspect that WindowsRT like you say would probably be the easiest transition. I would argue that more than 2 minutes per day would be lost to Linux "hiccups" and confusion.

  • by WillAffleckUW ( 858324 ) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @09:15PM (#46645405) Homepage Journal

    The really amazing thing is that one small Borough of London apparently employs over 2300 admin workers.
    No wonder our taxes are so high.

    Your taxes are high because the Square Mile in London pays no (as in Zero) taxes.

    There's your problem.

    Go after the giant gaping hole in your budget, not the smaller one that is admin.

  • by Virtucon ( 127420 ) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @11:23PM (#46646129)

    Moving from MSFT is a great move but jumping into Google's camp is a bad move. It's trading one set of evils/problems with another. A few years ago I would have said great move but Google lately has started to become a more smiling version of Apple and Microsoft and frankly is pushing their commercial interests above that of open computing. London Council can be proud of saving money but in a few years I think we'll be hearing another headline that they're switching to something else.

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