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Hansard considers cloud to escape Microsoft lock-in

Computer Weekly - Whitehall techies proposed putting Hansard in the cloud to escape restrictions imposed by Microsoft's proprietary multimedia standards.

The Parliamentary Information Communication and Technology (PICT) office made the recommendation after concluding that licences it holds with broadcasters and proprietary software suppliers prevented it from improving public access to Parliament's official record.

PICT proposed solving a clutch of technical problems by moving Hansard into the cloud.

It would free the Parliamentary record from restrictions imposed by proprietary software suppliers such as Microsoft, whose multimedia technology is used to transmit video recordings of Parliamentary proceedings over the web.