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Government wants to drop Microsoft Office for open source alternatives


"The government is looking to save millions in taxpayers' money by dropping the 'oligopoly' of Microsoft Office in favour of open source alternatives such as Google Docs and Open Office.

That's what Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude told journalists at a government event designed to showcase new online services as part of its 'digital by default' efficiency drive. It's estimated government departments have spent over £200 million on Microsoft Office applications alone since 2010.

‘The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace,’ said Maude.

‘I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need and can get their work done without having to buy a particular brand of software.’”


NCC Weekly News Update 3 February 2014



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