The UK government could save tens of millions of pounds every year by ditching expensive software in favour of open source alternatives, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.
The public sector has spent around £200 million on Microsoft Office since 2010, and Maude believes that software like OpenOffice or Google Docs could cut costs.
Maude will say today: “The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace.
“I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need and can get their work done without having to buy a particular brand of software.”
He will add that the use of open source alternatives will also make it easier for departments and the public to use and share government information more easily.
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