Europe’s dire dependency on Microsoft

Alexia Barakou

What consequences does this “lock-in” have, as it is called in technical jargon? What risks does it pose? And what can governments do to counter it? Investigate Europe, a team of journalists, explored this question for three months, interviewing economists, computer scientists, IT managers, security experts and politicians from twelve European countries, as well as the EU Commission and EU Parliament. The results are alarming.

The reliance of countries on Microsoft

  • causes costs to rise continuously and blocks technical progress in government authorities and organisations;
  • systematically undermines European procurement and competition laws;
  • brings with it overwhelming political influence for the company, culminating in personal interdependence as well as penetration of schools and universities;
  • and puts government IT systems, together with their citizens’ personal information, at high risk, both technologically and politically

This investigation has been published in more than 12 countries.