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Why Europe’s dependency on Microsoft is a huge security risk

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This dependency is solid. Credit: Martin Abegglen/flickr

On May 12 hackers hit more than a hundred countries exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running Windows. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails. Read our full investigation in ENGLISH.

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Video | Munich, LiMux and the (planned) return to Microsoft

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For ten years, a team of experts have worked to move the municipal computer system from the American IT giant Microsoft to open software. Not everything has run smoothly. But the transition is a huge success, declared the deputy mayor in 2014. Elsewhere in Europe, Munich also soon became the lighthouse for the open source community. Now mayor Dieter Reiter and his coalition want to return to Microsoft.

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Italy / Il Fatto: “Microsoft, la Ue ostaggio dei suoi software”

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Il Fatto quotidiani / 9.4.2017

Microsoft seemed to be left behind by the big champions of Silicon Valley, Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, that punctuate our days with smart-phones, tablets, supercomputers. But first impressions can be misleading. Microsoft is very present, it occupies a monopolist position as a public supplier. Europe is totally dependent on this single corporation, though reasonable alternatives exist. Read more in ITALIAN via Il fatto quotidiano (free / Part I and …

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