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Microsoft hits back at government's open source plans

CRN - Microsoft has urged its partners to pay closer attention to what it describes as the government's "ill-considered" proposals to move to a more open IT model.

Last month, the government hinted it was considering moving away from technology such as Microsoft Office in favour of open-source offerings in an effort to break supplier "oligopoly".

According to Microsoft, the government is currently undergoing a consultation on plans to mandate the use of Open Document Formats (ODF) and to ditch Microsoft-developed Open XML (OOXML).

Today, in a blog post to UK resellers, Microsoft said the new open approach could cause problems for businesses and government IT suppliers.

"This move has the potential to impact businesses selling to government, who may be forced to comply [with the new open format]," it said.