UK government plans switch from Microsoft Office to open source

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude plans to standardise on open formats to cut costs on Office suite and break ‘oligopoly’ of IT suppliers

Microsoft Office costs the UK government significant amounts every year, says Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. 

Ministers are looking at saving tens of millions of pounds a year by abandoning expensive software produced by firms such as Microsoft.

Some £200m has been spent by the public sector on the computer giant’s Office suite alone since 2010.

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