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England's Open Standards Plans May Not Sit Well with Microsoft

In many parts of the world, there are governments paying significant amounts of money to license Microsoft’s Office suite of productivity software. And, Office has played a big part in Microsoft’s recently improved revenue and profit reports. But, as reported here in late January, the U.K. is just one of the government bodies that is reportedly considering getting out from under expensive Office licensing fees by switching to open source software. The U.K. government is considering a broad move to Open Document Format (ODF), and possibly Libre Office instead of Microsoft Office. That’s not sitting so well with Microsoft, though. According to a report from The Guardian,  Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said: "The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace." "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." "In the first instance, this will help departments to do something as simple as share documents with each other more easily. But it will also make it

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