HMRC has taken the plunge and moved to the dark side – Google. The HMRC will now move from Microsoft to Google for its cloud storage and Apps.
A spokesman for HMRC said:
“Following a successful pilot, we are planning to roll out Google collaboration tools to more people throughout HMRC later this year. We have carefully considered the protection of customer information and this remains our highest priority. Other solutions (e.g Microsoft 365) also scored highly, but the advanced collaboration and flexible working features of Google Apps were the best fit for our needs”
HMRC will now use Google Docs and Google Sheets, rather than Microsoft Word and Excel in its business, alongside tools like Google Hangouts and Google Drive to allow employees to easily collaborate with each other.
Other Government departments are said to be watching with a close interest on how the switch goes. Could the next logical step be Chrome books? who knows!