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10 projects ditching Microsoft for open source - plus one switching back

Pesaro, Italy

Breaking up with Microsoft doesn't have to be forever, as evidenced by the town of Pesaro in Italy.

The municipality had trained its 500 employees to use the open-source office suite OpenOffice but in 2014 decided to return to Microsoft, choosing its cloud-based offering Office 365.

A consultant's report claimed the move to Office 365 would work out 80 percent cheaper than sticking with OpenOffice. However, while acknowledging there can be up front costs with making the move to open source, critics have questioned the methodology used by the Italian consultancy that produced the report and pointed out the study was commissioned by Microsoft.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.