Israel’s government has reportedly suspended purchases of Microsoft Corp’s desktop productivity software. Government agencies will be encouraged to use existing Microsoft Office products rather than upgrade to newer editions.
The Israeli government is also encouraging development of lower-priced alternatives to Microsoft’s software, and is working with Sun Microsystems Inc and IBM Corp on a Hebrew language version of OpenOffice. Microsoft said it could not comment on the future plans of the Israeli government.
This article is based on material originally produced by ComputerWire.