When a monopolist loses one of the major components of its lockin and complains about it,“Microsoft believes it is unproven and unclear how UK citizens will benefit from the government’s decision.” we should all celebrate. After UK decided to standardize on ODF, it is a fact that UK taxpayers will save a bundle:
- Software licences for LibreOffice are $0, and $0 multiplied by a huge number of UK government PCs comes to $0 instead of hundreds of $millions for that other OS and its office suite. That saving is forever, too, whereas M$ wanted UK to pay them repeatedly for the privilege of producing documents on their PCs.
- Removing the major lockin of the office suite opens the door to removing M$’s OS, too. More $millions potentially saved, just like Munich and many other large organizations.
- Having one standard instead of two is a huge savings in itself: fewer links on web-pages, fewer versions of files and the cost of indexing/storing those copies.
- Besides saving the taxpayers taxes, the move enables the taxpayers themselves to produce/receive documents to/from the government at less cost. Taxpayers can use LibreOffice too.
I hope that’s clear enough and that the maths is solid. So, the move by the government of UK is a win/win/win/win situation however you look at it, unless you are M$ or a “partner”. The rest of us should rejoice too because the whole world is watching and taxpayers everywhere will ultimately benefit as M$’s empire shrinks and Freedom reigns.