updated 12:50 pm EDT, Thu March 31, 2011
Most of UK government based on Microsoft tech
Ian Watmore -- permanent secretary of the UK's Cabinet Office, and in charge of a government efficiency drive -- is calling for the UK government to end its dependence on Microsoft products, according to the BBC. Microsoft products are currently used by about 90 percent of civil servants in the UK. The government is committed to using more open-source software to save money, says Watmore, although this is being balanced with attention to the threat of hacking.
Watmore notes that he would nevertheless like the UK government to turn to Apple more often. "I personally would like to see people move off Microsoft products onto open source or use Apple technology," he says. "I use Apple at home. I know it's not very open but I use it. I love it, it works and I think it is great -- I'm Steve Jobs' best customer."
The main issue, he suggests, is that "95% of the business and government world" still choose Microsoft for basic desktop software because of functionality and reliability. "I think we, in government, have an opportunity to change that game quite dramatically, particularly on desktop technology, by getting greater use of open products," he adds. The secretary claims that his efficiency efforts have so far saved £2 billion.