This is from a document linked from a document describing infrastructure including desktops as one of four areas of Government IT that need to be provided as an open structure upon which all government services are to be built…
“Rather than simply limiting the size or power of an entrenched player, can government insistence on openness and interoperability be used to cause a â€œmarket reset,â€ through which innovation can once again flourish? Antitrust actions against Microsoft were focused on existing business models, yet the real competition for Microsoft came not from other businesses selling software, but from an entirely new class of advertising-based business models that were invented in the initially noncommercial, wide-open spaces of the World Wide Web.”
see Government As a Platform – Government As a Platform – OFPS – O'Reilly Media.
There is is, a whole government planning how to escape M$ and “partners” bloat. They are going to do IT the right way, considering what will give the desired outcome efficiently instead of just throwing money away to get the desired outcome any way possible. If we all did that would anyone pay ~$100 extra for a PC with M$’s OS on it, $150 extra for M$’s office suite, $thousands to run a server on a network? How about enduring endless malware aimed at the leaking hulk of that other OS and endless re-re-reboots?
“These changes will be introduced over the next 5 years as deals for existing services come to their natural end. As these expire, departments and users will be transitioned to common services. The Cabinet Office will support departments in ensuring that it can be successfully delivered. The outcomes will be worth it: early adoption of this approach has already made significant savings.”
Cool. I can wait five years for it to happen. How long can you and your organization wait?