The City of Barcelona has announced its plans to abandon Microsoft's Outlook email client during 2018. Furthermore, the presence of Microsoft technology across all municipal computers will be reduced. In an announcement, the City of Barcelona said it is moving towards SMEs and free software. In an announcement, the Commission of Technology and Digital Innovation, Francesca Bria said the City Council is committed to moving reliance from Microsoft solutions. She said the council wants “to avoid spending so much money on services that have substantial licensing costs”. Outlook will be replaced by Open-Xchange within the year. Following, the City of Barcelona will retain Windows, but only as a base. Instead, the city will focus applications coming from non-proprietary software. In an effort to boost local tech solutions, the City Council will turn to projects from local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The City Council's Digital Plan offers examples such as Mozilla Firefox to replace Internet Explorer and OpenOffice to replace Office 365. Additionally, the municipality plans to move away from Windows entirely in the future. 1,000 machines are already on 1,000 government computers in Barcelona and the migration will grow. “The funds that come from the citizens have to be invested in systems that can be reused and open to a local ecosystem,” says Bria.
City of Barcelona Ditches Microsoft-Software, Goes All-in with Open-Source
The City of Barcelona says it will phase out Outlook this year, with Office, Internet Explorer, and Windows to follow. The municipality wants to promote local SMEs and open source solutions.