Project Description


Europe’s dire dependency
on Microsoft

June 21st, 2017

Headlines featuring IE’s investigation on Microsoft. Credit: Christian T. Joergensen


All across Europe, from Finland to Portugal, Ireland to Greece, the information technology (IT) of government administrations is based on Microsoft programmes. But because digital systems are constantly growing in both size and importance, countries are becoming ever increasingly dependent on this single corporation. 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 organizations;

– 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.

Media Partners

Bergens Tidende, Norway
Part 1: April 2017

“Uten Microsoft stopper Europa”
“Without Microsoft, Europe stops”

Bergens Tidende, Norway
Part 2: April 2017

“Trondheim hilser fra skyen”
“Trondheim greets from the sky”

Bergens Tidende, Norway
Part 3: May 13th, 2017

“Microsoft er hackernes favoritt”
“Microsoft is the hackers favorite”


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

Rome is pushing for the Open Source

EC director-general admits: “We cannot do without Microsoft”

Operation LibreDifesa

Microsoft-Software: Safe for Europe? (Full Documentary, 2018)

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