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Microsoft bullied MPs over government switch to open source standards

The Inquirer - Microsoft reportedly threatened to move its research facilities out of the UK if the government went ahead with plans to promote open source standards. 

The Conservative Party announced plans last year, which have since come into force, to move government departments to open source software in a bid to save money.

Cabinet Officer Francis Maude outlined plans at the time to shift the UK to the .odf Open Document Format and away from Microsoft's proprietary .doc and .docx formats.

Maude said: "The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace.

"I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need and can get their work done without having to buy a particular brand of software."

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