UK Prime Minister David Cameron asked "the 600,000 government workers to make suggestions on saving money as his administration seeks to cut Britain's record budget deficit." Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne now published a sample of the 56,000 submitted ideas, which including abandoning Microsoft, switching office lights off and centralizing stationery procurement.
"In terms of spending less, what about migrating the whole of government (NHS, education etc.) from Microsoft products to Linux and open-source software like Openoffice," read one of the suggestions displayed on Treasury website. Two of 31 listed proposals, whose authors weren't named, suggested dropping Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft.
Osborne said "he's now asking the public to send in ideas about how the government should save money to narrow the 155-billion-pound ($235 billion) budget shortfall."