French tax agency plans massive OpenOffice deployment

Ditching Microsoft Office is expected to save France's tax agency €29.3m

The French tax agency, which manages the taxes of all states and cities in France, plans to deploy the open source office productivity application OpenOffice.org on thousands of its PCs.

In an interview published today on ZDNet UK Jean-Marie Lapeyre, chief technical officer at the French tax agency said it plans to migrate 80,000 desktops from Microsoft Office 97 to OpenOffice.org next year.

The migration is expected to cut the agency's costs by €29.3m, compared with the cost of switching to Office XP. The agency has calculated that it will only take three man-years to be "completely independent" of Microsoft Office, according to Lapeyre.

It may also consider migrating to Linux desktops in the future, although Lapeyre said this would require much more work.

To find out more about the migration, click here.

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