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Open source push could save taxpayer millions

Jan 30, 2014, 12:00 (1 Talkback[s])

Since 2010 government departments have spent £200m on Microsoft Office alone, claimed Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude in a speech yesterday. Switching to open source alternatives would break the “oligopoly” of IT providers, he said, outlining a set of standardised document formats for use across Whitehall.

The idea was to get the "right technology at the right price for taxpayers".

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