According to an InfoWorld report, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) has instructed that British schools should not upgrade to Microsoft’s Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite. It also supported use of the international standard ODF (Open Document Format) for storing files, specifically avoiding Microsoft’s OOXML (Office Open XML) document format because of concerns about compatibility between different applications.
The BECTA report has made the following observation which is very significant:
We have not had sight of any evidence to support the argument that the costs of upgrading to Vista in educational establishments would be offset by appropriate benefit,
Let us wait and see as to how many countries will take the cue and see reason!
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