And 72 per cent of the people surveyed said they were looking for other vendors presumably so they can have a good night's kip.
Yankee said it was surprised at the level of the concern in the sector. Michael Lauricella, an analyst at the firm said that whether it was a five person pizza house or a 400 employee manufacturer, these firms are expressing similar anxieties about Microsoft.
Microsoft already has a large chunk of the small and medium business sector worldwide, and Yankee estimates a $10 billion share by 2010.
The marketing group said that the fear of Microsoft dependency will open up opportunities for other vendors - including IBM, Oracle and others, to try and grab some of that large pie for themselves.
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