Comment Deadline on UK Cabinet Office “ODF Only” Policy is February 26

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 21, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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Adoption of ODF by the UK is NOT a done deal yet, and Microsoft is asking it's business partners to stand up and be counted

As you may be aware, the UK Cabinet Office has been engaged in the long and careful development of an updated open standards policy to guide government procurement of ICT goods and services. A few weeks ago, a senior government minister received great attention when he announced that the Cabinet Office hoped to give preference in the future to purchasing open source office suite software implementing the OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard.

This intention, however, is not a done deal. Rather, the rules that would establish this preference are currently only in the proposal stage, and all elements of that proposal can be changed or deleted, based upon comments posted at the Cabinet Office’s public Standards Hub Web site by businesses, citizens and others. And the deadline for commenting on those proposals is fast approaching: February 26.

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