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Microsoft's ongoing fight to transfer its lucrative government business from software to the cloud has received a major boost with a deal to sell 25,000 Office 365 licenses to the Environmental Protection Agency. The $9.8m contract to supply the EPA with cloudy applications for the next four years was won by Microsoft reseller …

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$100 per seat per year

I'm sorry but I don't think $100 per seat per year is much of a deal unless it includes the computer hardware. Just how is this software better than OpenOffice? Perhaps 1 in 20 users will ever notice a function missing from OO and less than 1 in 100 inconvenienced.

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Re: $100 per seat per year

Don't forget that this is a 'cloud' implementation - outright purchase of Office would cost a large government agency around $30 a seat, the extra is going to pay for storage and CPU power on the MS cloud. If you want to compare equivalent costs with OO, you need to include a contract with Amazon, Google or someone for those resources (I've little idea what that would be as I have no interest in the proposition, but a few $ a month a seat might well cover it).

You may be right about those who would be inconvenienced, but if one of the 1 in 20 is a CxO (or their PA) you may be heading for a world of pain. And you might be surprised how many organisations use Office macros, which don't migrate easily to OO - collection/validation of monthly financials from first-line supervisors is a good one.

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Re: $100 per seat per year

... and less than 1 in 10,000 will have even heard of 'Open' Office.

It is crap, always has been, and is only used by people who like to post pictures of penguins.

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Re: $100 per seat per year

It does include the computer hardware.

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Re: $100 per seat per year

"....Perhaps 1 in 20 users ...." Every time there's a new release of OO I convince myself it's a godd idea to try it, and every time I'm back on MS Office within a few weeks.

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Big Brother

The real problem with cloud computing...

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/10/governments-attack-cloud-computing

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