And the author quotes Commissioner Kroes with a statement on lock-in made at an event last year:
"Microsoft lock-in forces European Commission into Windows 7 upgrade talks"Tuesday 05 April 2011 12:54
"The European Commission has been forced into extraordinary negotiations with Microsoft because it is locked in to using the vendor's software [...] "
"Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes cited vendor lock-in as one of the motives for the Digital Agenda when she was campaigning for it last year.
"'Many authorities have found themselves unintentionally locked in to proprietary technology for decades,' Kroes said in a speech in June 2010.
"'After a certain point, that original choice becomes so ingrained that alternatives risk being systematically ignored, no matter what the potential benefits. This is a waste of public money that most public bodies can no longer afford,' she said"
Read the full article online on ComputerWeekly.com. See also a previous post on this topic when NYT had addressed the same issue.