Giga: Windows may be cheaper than Linux

Licensing, associated software, maintenance, labor, and training was 25% to 28% cheaper on Windows for certain types of applications. For large companies, the cost of making and deploying applications on Microsoft’s .NET standard was $1.64 million over a three-year period, 28 percent less than the $2.29 million cost for running or J2EE/Linux, according to the study. For medium-sized companies, costs for .NET-based applications totaled $661,012, compared with $881,445 for J2EE/Linux.