The French government has made public that is considering alternatives to Microsoft in order to cut costs. The news come just right after Munich confirmed that their pilot program for implementing Open-Source software in all government computers was successful. And although nothing has been defined yet, should the software giant worry? I will tell you one thing and it is that the Open-Source movement is gaining momentum in Europe.
"We are not starting a war against Microsoft, or against American companies in the software sector," Dutreil said in an interview. But he added that Microsoft "must return to being one supplier to the state among others."
"The competition is open," he said. "My estimate is that we can cut the state software bill at least in half."