Total cost of Ownership or simply TCO has today become a hot acronym in the computer desktop industry and on the corporate scene. TCO is defined as all the possible costs that are incurred in the life cycle of a desktop computer from acquisition to disposal. Due to the difficulty in measuring TCO, it is often neglected in purchasing decisions.
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