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Microsoft Gets Busy in the Ukraine

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| Following the visit of Steve Balmera in Kiev in May this year, we signed MOUs 
| with a number of ministries and departments, and continue fruitful 
| negotiations with the State Department of Intellectual Property.  



War of words breaks out over Microsoft MOU

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| The salutary lesson to draw from our dealings, Richard, is not whether you 
| can trust the press. It is rather a lesson in managing expectations, a 
| process every CIO should know well.  
| The expectations you invested in your 2004 deal with Microsoft, as enshrined 
| in the memorandum of understanding, were also unrealistic. 
| To recap, the original MOU said the use of Microsoft software would "improve 
| Common Performance Assessment results and Star Ratings" measured by the Audit 
| Commission.  
| The analysis presented in the INQUIRER on Friday demonstrated that this 
| expectation had not been met. 
| When we asked you about this on Friday you told us there was a new MOU. Now 
| you accuse us of twisting your words. 
| How would you prefer to describe what happened to the original agreement? If 
| it has not been scrapped, perhaps it has been decommissioned, recycled, sold 
| on eBay?  
| Having been told you had drawn up a second MOU with Microsoft, we were 
| clearly interested to learn what new terms you had agreed in the public 
| interest. You said it was confidential. But the first MOU was deemed fit for 
| publication under FOI rules.   
| You also said the first MOU was only ever a three year deal. But the document 
| was accepted by a Council vote as part of a 10-year deal. 
| Now four years since you signed the original agreement it is proper for us to 
| ask how well the public money you are giving Microsoft is spent. 


Newham has a cow over Microsoft MOU

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| However, Newham has supplied the INQUIRER with internal studies that it says 
| do demonstrate that its decision to commit to Microsoft was justified. The 
| studies were performed by Socitm, a private public sector consulting firm of 
| which Newham COI Steele is a vice president. the INQUIRER will report on 
| these findings in due course.    
| Meanwhile, the original MOU is enlightening. As well as claiming the deal 
| would enable Newham to achieve high rankings in Audit Commission assessments, 
| it committed Newham to moving all "competitive technology" to Microsoft, 
| regardless of the feasibility of such a move.   
| It also required Steele to promote Microsoft software.
| See attached file: Memorandum of Understanding.doc



London council dumps Microsoft, may go open source instead

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| NEWHAM LONDON Borough Council has scrapped the controversial 10-year 
| Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it signed with Microsoft in 2004 and drawn 
| up a new agreement with a new set of deliverables.  


Government faces crunch on Microsoft mega-deal

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| Rumour has it that Microsoft hasn't been feeling appreciated in the public 
| sector, thinking its customers don't know what a good deal they've been 
| getting since the MOU was first negotiated in 2002. BECTA, the procurement 
| quango for the education sector, has recommended schools don't upgrade to 
| Microsoft Vista and Office 2007.    
| [...]
| "There's a big anti-Microsoft lobby growing on the green agenda" he said, 
| especially among local councils who were beginning to realise that PC's were 
| power hungry and expensive to maintain. They were taking interest in 
| think-client computers instead.   


UK: Major cost reduction result of Bristol's switch to Open Standards

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| Bristol City Council's switch to StarOffice in 2005 has led to a major 
| reduction of IT costs, says Gavin Beckett, the council's ICT Strategy 
| manager.  
| StarOffice is Sun Microsystems' proprietary suite of office applications, 
| which is based on the Open Source OpenOffice. In 2006 Bristol took the 
| further step of adopting the ISO-approved Open Document Format (ODF).  
| Speaking at a conference on ODF in the Netherlands last month, Beckett said 
| that implementing StarOffice for 5,500 desktops in Bristol saved 1.1 million 
| GBP (1.4 million euro) in comparison to the total cost of implementing 
| Microsoft Office. "The licences for StarOffice cost us 186,000 GBP (243,000 
| euro), in comparison to 1.4 million GBP (1.8 million euro) for MS Office."    
| These major savings were offset slightly by extra time needed for 
| implementing StarOffice. Implementation cost the city council 484,000 GBP 
| (632,000 euro), double the estimate for MS Office. This was due to document 
| conversion and training, said the IT Strategy manager. Explaining and 
| troubleshooting the new office applications took several months more than 
| planned.     


Lawmaker blasts U.K. government on Microsoft policy

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| "A member of Parliament of the United Kingdom has launched a stinging
| attack on the U.K. government's IT strategy, saying that it has given
| Microsoft too much control.
| John Pugh, who is a member of Parliament, or MP, for Southport and a
| member of the Public Accounts Committee, was speaking in an
| adjournment debate on Tuesday that he had called. The aim of the
| debate, he said, was to explore the alternatives to using Microsoft
| software, including open source."
| [...]


Interview with Richard M. Stallman

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| It is important to know this because we will always face pressure, from those 
| who are powerful and would like to take away our freedom, to surrender our 
| freedom—and they frequently offer us something attractive in exchange. For 
| instance, B’liar wanted to abolish the Rights of Englishmen, and to serve his 
| American master, Bush, faithfully; so he offered Britons “protection” from 
| this or that, plus the imagined idea that he influences his master on their 
| behalf through the “special relationship”.      
|                    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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