07 May 2009 | Jake Kanter
The public sector could save up to £75 million over the next five years with the help of a software licence framework contract.
Buying Solutions' deal with Microsoft means public sector bodies can buy licences (the right to use technology such as PowerPoint or Word) for specific items of software and avoid some costs of purchasing standard packages.
Standard packages often contain licences that are not needed by the purchaser, Buying Solutions said.
All public bodies can use the licences.
The contract will also provide free training services on implementing software.
Angela Eagle (pictured), exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said the agreement would contribute to the government's £15 billion savings target set out in the Operational Efficiency Review.
It followed the launch of a government open source action plan in February that urged public sector organisations to consider open source software, such as operating system Linux, alongside proprietary technology during purchases (News, 5 March).