According to a new report from The Guardian, Microsoft may close its research facilities in Britain if the UK government continues promoting open-source software. According to Steve Hilton, the prime minister’s former director of strategy, the Conservative party planned to reform the IT, Microsoft started lobbying of members of the Parliament. Steve Hilton stated:
“Microsoft phoned Conservative MPs with Microsoft R&D facilities in their constituencies and said we will close them down in your constituencies if this goes through. We just resisted. You have to be brave.”
“And we had the same from other tech companies as well … We had the stories from the MPs saying I’ve just had this call from – sometimes a global CEO – phoning a Conservative MP, saying we will close down this plant. We just resisted. You have to be brave. You just have to say sorry: it’s the right thing to do,” Hilton added.
A Microsoft spokesperson told The Guardian that the company “don’t recognise these claims.” The spokesperson added: “Fundamentally, it is not how we operate as a business. We have an honest and open engagement with the government and this is how we will continue to work with it.”
Source: The Guardian