Singapore government switches to OpenOffice.org
From ZDNet: Singapore Government Switches To OpenOffice.org
The Ministry of Defence in Singapore has decided to switch from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org, a move which could involve 20,000 PCs, according to reports
Singapore's Ministry of Defence has decided to switch to OpenOffice.org, rather than migrating from its current version of Microsoft Office, according to reports.
With the ministry operating around 20,000 PCs, the decision to move to open-source software on the desktop is among the biggest by any government agency, according to Bloomberg News.
Cheok Beng Teck, a director at the ministry, said that the decision to migrate from MS Office 97 to OpenOffice.org was made because the additional features of MS Office 2003 did not justify its higher cost. The ministry will keep the copies of MS Office 97 which it has already licensed giving users the choice, but new PCs will run OpenOffice.org, said the report.
A couple of interesting twists here... For one, you're starting to see large organizations consider Office upgrade paths that don't include Office! And two, this hits at Microsoft's other cash cow...