The European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) presented the project called MAlt (Microsoft Alternatives), which is working on avoiding the use of Microsoft products in favor of alternative solutions based on open source software. The nearest plans marked the replacement of "Skype for Business" with a solution based on an open VoIP stack and the launch of a local mail service to avoid using Outlook.
The final selection of open alternatives has not yet been completed; the migration is planned to be completed over the next few years. Among the main requirements for the new software is the absence of binding to the vendor, full control over their data and the use of standard solutions. Details about the project are planned to be announced on September 10.
The decision to switch to open source was made after a change in the licensing policy of Microsoft, which over the past 20 years has provided CERN software with significant discounts for educational institutions. Recently, Microsoft withdrew the status of an academic institution with CERN and upon completion of the current CERN contract will be required to pay the full cost in relation to the number of users. The calculation showed that the cost of purchasing licenses in the new scenario will increase by more than 10 times.