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Whitehall efficiency head calls for switch from MS to Apple

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.


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  1. climacs

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    best customer?

    well, maybe not now but if you actually get the UK government to switch to Apple, you just might be...

  1. ggirton

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    Switch to the more-open Mac

    Watmore could you ask for?

  1. ebeyer

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    This article implies that open source software is more prone to hacking. Recent experience would appear to point in the opposite direction, however.

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  1. simon42

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    Not gonna happen

    Gain £2 billion in efficiency (potentially, when the transition is done and sorted), spend £2 billion more for overpriced hardware - aka the Fruit tax.

  1. nat

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    Joined: Mar 2002


    ah simon42

    once you get rid of the overpriced tech support you're now getting a huge discount. and once you compare comparable specs and pricing, well then your argument is really looking bad.

    but i'm sure it makes you think you're being all intelligent and stuff so you stick with it.

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  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009



    is an Asshat. Another fanboi in a high position of government spewing out verbal diarrhea when he hasn't the slightest clue of what's happening around him.

    "I use Apple at home. I know it's not very open but I use it. I love it,..."

    Fu5k off.

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