As business software maker Oracle Corp. presses on with its $6.3 billion bid to swallow rival firm PeopleSoft Inc., several PeopleSoft customers—including large school districts, universities, and state education agencies—fear the maneuver could disrupt their operations and ultimately cost them millions of dollars to convert their systems.

Although one high-ranking Oracle executive told the Associated Press (AP) the company no longer would sell PeopleSoft products if the deal goes through, he insisted Oracle would support PeopleSoft products "for a long time." Many PeopleSoft users, however, are skeptical of such claims.

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