In a recent interview with IT Business Edge, open source expert Bernard Golden said Microsoft's response to the success of Linux (or open source in general) has been to create an ecosystem around its products -- presumably so it isn't so easy to replace Windows components with open source ones.
The powers that be in Redmond have two years, give or take a little, to convince officials in Amsterdam that the Microsoft "ecosystem" is more value for the city's money than could be realized by migrating to open source alternatives.
Amsterdam's contract with Microsoft expires at the end of 2008, according to a Top Tech News piece. Beginning in 2007, the story says, city officials will test open source alternatives -- namely Linux for Windows and OpenOffice for Microsoft Office -- in two departments. If those tests are successful, other departments will also test open source.
The move was suggested in an effort to improve information storage and exchange, for which open source has proven superior, the story says.