“Microsoft provided enterprise-grade services and support whereas other vendors did not,” says Dr. SS Mantha, Chairman of AICTE. “Data security and privacy were of paramount importance to us, and we felt that Office 365 offered the compliance features that we required.”
see AICTE favours vendor lock-in, makes Microsoft Office 365 mandatory in Indian colleges | Muktware
M$ used to ship operating systems with no security whatsover out of the box. They may be a little better now but they still ship terribly vulnerable software. Every month M$ fixes another bunch of vulnerabilities in their software with no end in sight. The latest had multiple privilege escalations, denials of service and disclosures of data… and that’s both in their client operating system and office suite.
enterprise-grade services and support whereas other vendors did not?
I’ll bet there are a dozen vendors of better software for their purposes. Even Debian does better than M$ in supporting end-users. Where was M$ when my machines wouldn’t run without crashing and malware was eating them up and users were complaining they were slow? M$ ships stuff with no guarantees at all, same as Debian. How is M$ any better than that? How is M$ better than RedHat, Suse, IBM, etc. ?
I would bet the folks who made this decision are either on the take or not thinking of the cost of locking in colleges, students and staff to the Wintel treadmill for years to come. Yes, the cloud is a logical solution to some problems of IT in education but M$’s client OS negates most of that. Then there is the vendor lock-in, file-format lock-in and cost. Did they consider the cost of M$’s licensing fees or was money no object?
PS: When I wrote this, I tried to read the guy’s CV. The page would not load…
“Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to www.aicte-india.org
Try reloading: www.aicte-india.org/downloads/cv/Mantha.pdf”
That inspires confidence. In 2009, the government of India threatened to close down this organization. After some reforms they were allowed to continue. Perhaps this move will prompt further reform, like getting rid of the folks who made this decision.