“The last 18 months has seen Europe’s biggest Microsoft replacement project, with 47,000 new machines running Windows 7 and 10 over the last year allowing for the scrappage of ones running Windows XP, NT and even 98. “Having said that, there are still 10,000 people working in primary care, delivering care, without any technology in their hands,” adds Corbridge.”
See Ireland’s govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adaptWhile everyone around the world has embraced */Linux and ARM to help stem the hemorrhage in IT, Ireland, while extremely hard-pressed economically, renewed licences with M$ and left many governmental workers not equipped with IT in the lurch. How stupid! How short sighted!
For 15 years or so, I was in those same financial straits in schools where I taught and GNU/Linux and FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) was the obvious solution. Obviously, one is better off to have IT for all rather than paying monopolistic prices for IT for a few. In schools, that meant extending the life of IT, elimination of malware and re-re-reboots, freedom from paper, freight for paper, storage for paper, … For governments freedom from lock-in to M$ and “friends” saved huge sums which could have been better spent on hardware or employees. Sigh.