Soon, over eighty lakh college students pan India would have to use Microsoft Office 365 in their college computers, locked by a government contract that may be more expensive than the use of an open source equivalent in the long run.
Open source, the technology is available without charge as free download. Open source requires no initial investment, with many vendors offering support and maintenance at half the price charged by the proprietary software vendors.
The AICTE, which serves more than eleven thousand five hundred technical colleges and institutes across the country, had awarded Microsoft a contract last year, 2012 that let the AICTE implement the company’s cloud email and storage offering.
Recent notification by the AICTE talks about all institutes must compulsorily install and use Microsoft Office 365, a productivity suite, which has little to do with the functioning of the cloud-storage service.