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Central procurement made Defence software dearer

The Defence Ministry will pay CZK 362m in the next three years for Microsoft software licences. For the past three years it paid only CZK 72m. This time, the Ministry used a framework contract for central procurement of licenses concluded by the Interior Ministry in 2009. The Defence Ministry blames the increase on system upgrades. But experts wonder about the price and the number of purchased licenses, pointing out that the system will be upgraded in other offices soon. For using free software systems the entire state administration would have to agree on it.