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UK government plans switch from Microsoft Office to open source
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. But the Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude believes a significant proportion of that outlay could be cut by switching to software which can produce open-source files in the "open document format" (ODF), such as OpenOffice, LibreOffice and Google Docs.
Here is a list of governments that have switched to FOSS entirely or allow office staff to use such. The list includes Germany, France, Peru, Brazil, China, India, Taiwan and Japan. Here is a similar list.
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