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Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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RE[6]: Not likely
by lemur2 on Mon 12th Jul 2010 11:06 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Not likely"
lemur2
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If you want to push open source then that is fine but drop this silly notion that it is in the best interest of every business to switch.


Clearly switching office Suites is not in the best interests of some parties for some use cases.

One could sensibly only claim that it would be in the best interests of, say, 80% of users of Office suites, to make a very conservative guess.

That 80% amounts to many hundreds of millions of users.

http://marketing.openoffice.org/marketing_bouncer.html

http://www.webmasterpro.de/portal/news/2010/02/05/international-ope...

10% to 20% market penetration is measured for OpenOffice in a number of countries.

That is a very decent amount of installed base. It approaches the point at which, in a similar scenario, the browser market share of Firefox became significant enough that institutions such as banks and online shopping sites had to begin to support it and NOT require that their customers use Windows/IE.

This shift will IMO happen now for ODF just as it did for web standards earlier.

Edited 2010-07-12 11:18 UTC

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