Le MOD Says Non! To OpenOffice

The French Ministry of Defence has concluded that the open source desktop product OpenOffice is less secure than Microsoft Office.

The research, uniquely not funded by Microsoft this time, apparently cites the fact that OpenOffice does not relentlessly tell users that opening a macro is a bad thing to do. Allegedly some macros in OpenOffice were still invoked even when the facility was “disabled”.

Microsoft will no doubt be pleased with this and see it as good news in the propaganda battle against the (mainly public sector) broader up take of OpenOffice in Europe.

But the fact that someone else’s product is less bad than yours is hardly a reason to celebrate.