EC Urges Open-Source Software While Using Windows

The European Commission, which is urging governments on the Continent to consider using open-source software to make their computer systems more compatible, is negotiating with Microsoft to extend its use of the proprietary Windows operating system on 36,000 government computers, a spokesman said. Antony Gravili, a spokesman for Maros Sefcovic, the commissioner responsible for government administration, said the agreement covers 42 agencies and institutions that comprise the bulk of Europe’s central government.