UK Government Kicks Out Microsoft Office and Adopts LibreOffice

20 10 2015

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The UK Government is looking to shed its dependency on proprietary software and entered into a new commercial deal with an open source software company Collabora Productivity that adapts LibreOffice for the use in enterprise environments.

Collabora Productivity is not the kind of company to usually get in the news, and it’s used to doing things without asking for any special recognition. With such a huge move from the UK Government, through its Crown Commercial Service (CCS) body, it will be difficult for Collabora to keep a low profile. It’s worth noting that Collabora is one of the biggest contributors to LibreOffice, and it has the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers.

GovOffice is the name of the LibreOffice suite for the public sector, and it’s actually more than just a simple adoption. The deal signed by the UK Government is called the “Cloud Transition Agreement,” and that means that it also includes a product named CloudSuite, which provides its users with cloud-based and mobile access, viewing and editing locally on devices, and online in web browsers. It hasn’t been released yet, but it’s going to bring crucial functionality.

It’s likely that we’ll get to see much more of this going on with other governments in 2016, and LibreOffice’s reach will expand a great deal.

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“We want you to give us Open Source software, in fact we insist!”

22 02 2011

 

Cabinet Office lays down the open source law

Published 15:50, 22 February 11

Monday 21st February 2011 saw the first ‘Open Source System Integrators Forum’ held by the Cabinet Office and I’d like to share a few modest bits of news with you all…

Firstly, the occurrence of the event itself is news. The Cabinet Office assembled all the big System Integrators who make up the majority of UK Government and Public Sector IT spending, currently running between £16 billion to £21 billion every year.

The Message of the day was simple, and delivered with panache by Deputy Government CIO Bill McCluggage and other members of the Open Source team in the Cabinet Office (yes, that’s right – there is an Open Source team and a Director responsible for their plans). The message was “We want you to give us Open Source software, in fact we insist!”

E cá pelo burgo? quando vamos abrir os olhos?

Read the full article @ computerworlduk.com