[ubuntu-uk] Open standards policy .....

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Fri Apr 20 11:18:49 UTC 2012


On 20/04/12 10:59, Barry Drake wrote:
> Below is an e-mail that I have sent to 
> openstandards at digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk with a copy to Francis Maude 
> MP at psfrancismaude at cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk  I have also written to 
> my local MP.  Just a thought but some of you might want to do something 
> similar.
> 
> Dear Sirs,  I have been very concerned for some time about this issue
> and did manage to attend one of the consultation sessions two years
> ago.  My concern is currently over the heavy handed - almost bullying -
> approach that seems to be employed by large commercial interests.  In
> particular Microsoft who seem to be using closed-standards to protect their
> interests and limit users to their software.  An example of this is in the way in
> which ITC in schools has degenerated into teaching of the use of
> Microsoft's own products and no other.
> 
> If the following is to be believed, then I think we have great cause for
> concern about this issue.  Please see:
> http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2012/04/how-microsoft-lobbied-against-true-open-standards-i/index.htm#comment-500786703
> and also:
> http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2012/04/proprietary-lobby-triumphs-in.html
> 
> Kind regards,        Barry.
> 

Thanks Barry
Also of interest is a new item from Glyn Moody

Does Microsoft Office Lock-in Cost the UK Government £500 Million?
http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2012/04/does-microsoft-office-lock-in-cost-the-uk-government-500-million/index.htm

Shortened link:
http://bit.ly/JrtxdL

-- 
alan cocks



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