An anonymous reader writes: The State of Minnesota is apparently the first state to move into the cloud — it's just too bad that they did it with Microsoft. The thing the article doesn't tell you in detail is that the agreement precludes the use of open source software, which could have saved the taxpayers millions of dollars. And once you go Microsoft, you never go back — not because you don't want to, but because you can't. Isn't it interesting that these developments occur right before elections, as senior officials are trying to keep their jobs with a new incoming administration? Too bad that Minnesota's "leaders" think this is a step forward. What do you think, Slashdotters? Is this a good move for Minnesota? Or a conservative move that bucks the trend of saving money and encouraging open government and transparency by aligning philosophy and practice with at least the option of utilizing open source software?