UK SCHOOLS have been warned not to sign licensing deals with Microsoft.
The UK computer agency Becta said that schools should not sign such deals because of Vole's anti-competitive practices.
According to the Beeb the government agency has complained to the Office of Fair Trading after talks with Vole had not resolved "fundamental concerns" about academic licensing and about Office 2007 and the Vista operating system.
One of the outstanding problems are the limitations Microsoft places on schools using its licensing arrangements called the School Agreement subscription.
But Becta said that schools should use "perpetual licensing" which allows schools to use the software forever and requires no ongoing payments beyond the purchase price.
The School Agreement requires schools to have licences for every PC in a school that might use its software, whether or not they were running something else.
It hopes its complaint to the office of Fair Trading will sort this matter out.
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