Microsoft conflict forces Cabinet Office to extend open standards consultation

 

The Cabinet Office has extended the public consultation over its open standards ICT strategy and scrapped some previous proceedings after learning its independent facilitator was being paid by Microsoft, which was lobbying against UK policy.

Microsoft had, during closed meetings last year, requested the Cabinet Office policy on open standards be revised to accommodate Microsoft’s definition of an open standard. The official UK definition of an open standard had been in place since January. Cabinet Office retracted the policy after Microsoft’s requests, and under lobbying pressure Microsoft placed through MPs. The subsequent public consultation put the question of the UK definition of open standards up for debate.

Who says money can’t buy you everything; it clearly can when lobbying!

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