Another Italian City Says Goodbye To Microsoft Office, Will Switch To OpenOffice Soon

Turin City adapts Open Source

It seems Open Source adoption is the latest fad in European countries. Last month only we heard that Turin became the first Italian city to officially opt for Open Source product. Another city in north-west Italy, Udine, has also announced that it is ditching Microsoft office and will migrate to OpenOffice.

Udine has a population of 100,000 and the administration has around 900 computers which are running Microsoft Windows as their default productivity suite. As per the budget document, the migration will start somewhere around December with 80 new computers. It will be followed by the migration of older computers to OpenOffice.

The migration is estimated to save licensing fee which otherwise would have cost around Euro 400 per computer, which makes a total of Euro 360,000. But saving money is not the only goal of this migration, getting regular software update is also one of the factors.

Of course the transition from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice won’t be smooth. Keeping this in mind, the municipality is planning training sessions for at least first few employees who will get the new machines with OpenOffice.

As I stated earlier, this seems to be a trend in Europe. French city Toulouse saved a million euro with LibreOffice earlier this year along with Canary Islands in Spain. Neighboring Spanish city Geneva also showed sign of Open Source adoption. In other part of the world, government organizations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala provinces of India also ditched Microsoft for Open Source.

I think demise of Windows XP has been a boon for Open Source, along with sluggish economy. Whatever may be the reason, I am happy to see this list growing. What about you?

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  • When will our Country learn? India must be one of the most lucrative markets for Microsoft, what with all Govt Departments using Windows OS. With the greater need for FDI for development, it is a golden opportunity for Microsoft to extend its reach by *** twisting the recipients of FDI. China has made its own open source OS and promotes it.

    Unfortunately, though we hail ourselves as an IT power, we have not developed any OS or applications for the large population of this Country, except FLOP (sorry BOSS) nor made any efforts to spread existing FOSS. In fact, if you carry out a survey in say, a mall, hardly 1% of people will be aware of any OS other than Windows.

  • Abhishek, are you aware that Munich City Council, long the flagship of Open Source in municipal IT systems, is being asked to consider returning to Microsoft? Actually it’s the new Mayor and his Deputy who are doing the arm-twi…sorry I mean asking. There’s opposition to that within the council itself but who knows what the outcome will be?
    Could it have something to do with the fact that M$ are moving their German HQ to Munich in 2016 and will therefore be paying business taxes in the city?

    • Hi,

      I did hear the rumors but I did not cover it because these are still rumors and haven’t confirmed yet.

      It is far fetched to believe that the move is influenced by MS HQ move. Let’s wait for dust to settle and things to confirm.

  • I just love FOSS , i can’t live without it ! Got into a fight with my dad over installing a Linux distro on our family desktop , i literally puke when i see a Microsoft product ! Great to see the world is changing its methods !