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Quebec broke law in buying Microsoft software

Jun 07, 2010, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Quebec's government broke the law by buying software from Microsoft without considering offers from other vendors, the province's Superior Court has ruled.

"The government's procurement agency acted illegally in spending $720,000, beginning in the fall of 2006, on the migration of 800 workstations to Microsoft software, including Windows Vista and Office 2007, Judge Denis Jacques ruled in Quebec City on Thursday. The government did not perform a "serious and documented search" for alternatives, which it must do with any expenditure over $25,000, he said."

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