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

Munich, Germany

Perhaps the most high-profile authority to switch away from Microsoft is the German city of Munich.

The council that runs the Bavarian capital spent years migrating more than 15,000 staff to LiMux, a custom-version of Ubuntu, LibreOffice and other open-source software. Microsoft's attempts to persuade Germany's third-largest city from making the switch saw the then-CEO Steve Ballmer fly to Munich in 2003 for talks with the mayor.

The city said the shift had saved it more than €10m ($11m). More recently the authority has commissioned Accenture to undertake a review of the future of IT at the council, although, contrary to some reporting, no decision has been taken to move back to Windows.

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By Nick Heath

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