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

Italian armed forces

The Italian Ministry of Defence hopes to save €28m over four years by moving about 120,000 PCs from Microsoft Office to the open-source LibreOffice.

As well as the ministry, the open-source office suite will be installed on machines used by the army, navy and airforce. More than 8,000 PCs have already moved to LibreOffice and the transition is expected to be completed in 2020.

Image: LibreItalia​

By Nick Heath

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