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Is Office 365 really cheaper than going open source?

From TechRepublic

"At first glance, the claim your business could make substantial savings by switching from free open source software to a subscription-based service might seem unlikely.

Yet that is what a Microsoft-commissioned report argues, predicting the cloud-based productivity suite Office 365 could be almost 80% cheaper than relying on the open source OpenOffice.

The claim certainly generated plenty of headlines about the benefits of moving from OpenOffice to Office 365. However, it seems that some of those savings are specific to the local authority in question and the bulk of the cost difference between the two systems would diminish over time.

The costings were based on an interview with the CIO at the town of Pesaro in Italy, which moved just over 500 employees to OpenOffice in 2011 but which in 2014 began work to switch to Microsoft's Office 365.”

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NCC Weekly News Update 8 September 2015 



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