Microsoft referred to OFT

30 October 2007
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30 October 2007 | Paul Snell

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) has made a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) alleging "anti-competitive behaviour" by Microsoft.

An interim report published by the government's educational technology agency in January highlighted concerns over competition in the market and value for money regarding the way Microsoft licenses its products to schools.

Becta said despite talks with the software firm to resolve the problems, "fundamental issues remained" over the usage limits that the company's licenses impose on schools.

The interim report said Microsoft should improve the choice of licensing agreements and make the cost of them clearer (Web news, 11 August).

The agency said it had not reached an agreement with the software firm and had complained to the OFT. "It is hoped that by taking this step Microsoft will promptly move to address the issues raised," it commented.

A spokesperson from Microsoft told supplymanagement.com: "At this early stage no indication has been given as to how this issue will progress. We want to reassure our customers, partners and the education sector that it is business as usual."

Becta added its full report into Microsoft's licensing, originally due next January, would now be delayed until the outcome of the complaint was known.

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