that the Central Scotland Police is dumping StarOffice and returning to Microsoft Office. "In the past, when the agency deployed a new police application on StarOffice and Linux, the application had to be customized to work with the open-source software, [IT head David] Stirling said. It was also more difficult to configure the open-source software so that police officers could access their files from any police station, he said.
Perhaps most of all, the agency needed its systems to work smoothly with those at other agencies and criminal justice departments. Scotland's other seven police jurisdictions use Microsoft for their desktops and applications layer, he said. 'Even though we're one of eight police forces, we make up only 5 percent of the police officers. It's hard to have 5 percent driving the rest of the force,' he said.
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