So much for "better together":

Microsoft's strategy of increasingly integrating its server and client products -- as best evidenced by the Office System line-up which officially launches next week -- means some enterprises may end up paying 10 to 40 percent more to stay with Redmond's wares, a recent report from Jupiter Research suggests.
Wilcox estimates that firms taking Microsoft up on its offer to integrate back-end processes with front-end client software on the desktop may run up tabs 10 to 40 percent higher than with earlier editions of Microsoft's products, depending on the server licenses and client access licenses (CALs) they purchase.
Looking down the road, Wilcox advised Microsoft shops to plan ahead for Longhorn, the successor to Windows XP that's expected to launch in 2006. Companies should be prepared, he said, to increase their Microsoft software budgets by as much as 40 percent for the 2006-07 time frame, when the architecturally-revamped Longhorn line of products release.
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