Schools told not to sign with Microsoft

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UK’s computer agency Becta has advised schools not to sign a licensing deal with Microsoft over anti-competitiveness practices. The agency has also filed a complaint with the Office of Fair Trading; saying that Microsoft has not resolved any “fundamental concerns” over academic licensing of Windows Vista and Office 2007.

Computers in schools is essential, with many schools spending huge sums over buying, installing and maintaining equipment and software.

Becta is advising schools that already have a licensing deal with Microsoft that they reconsider renewing it after the compliant has been heard. It is also advising schools not to use Office 2007 until “interoperability with alternative products is satisfactory.” This meaning that Microsoft needs to support the international ODF (OpenDocument) file type.

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